Ex-judge arrested for illicit lobbying and trial manipulation!

Sarah Lee, Oct. 23, 2018, 9:22 a.m.

Prosecutors on Tuesday sought an arrest warrant for Lim Jong-hun, a former judge at the center of judicial power abuse allegations involving the Supreme Court. The warrant for the former deputy head of the National Court Administration (NCA), the top court's administration affairs body, has been pursued for his alleged role in illicit lobbying and trial manipulation.

Lim, 59, is accused of helping former Supreme Court Chief Justice Yang Sung-tae use trials as bargaining chips in dealings with the presidential office under the previous conservative government to establish a separate court of appeals. Lim worked for the NCA from 2012-2017.

The NCA, under Yang's direction, allegedly devised plans to influence politically sensitive trials to the advantage of then-President Park Geun-hye. Among the trials in question are the long-pending compensation case for Korean victims of Japanese wartime forced labor and a case that involves a progressive teachers union.

Lim is accused of being the key man who was in charge of carrying out Yang's schemes.

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