A Seoul Educator Recieves Suspension For Smear Campaign

bae bae bae, Sept. 4, 2015, 10:23 a.m.

On Friday, a Seoul appeals court sentenced Seoul’s chief educator for engaging in a smear campaign during last year’s election.  Though, his sentence was suspended.

If the Supreme Court settles the ruling, Cho Hee-yeon, superintendent of the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, will be allowed to retain his position. Cho was fined 5 million won (US $4,600) for dispersing false rumors about his opponent, Koh Seung-duk.

However, the Seoul High Court suspended the fine. The court was in agreement with the lower court that Cho smeared Koh but also found that his comments were not malevolent and did not disturb the result of the election.

Prosecutors stated that they will appeal to the Supreme Court. Koh was falsely accused by Cho of using his U.S. green card to educate his children in the U.S. Cho held press conferences and stated in radio interviews that Koh would not be fit to guide Korea’s education system if the claims were right.

Koh has repudiated being a U.S. permanent citizen and stated that his children were born in the U.S. and therefore are U.S. citizens.

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