Prosecutors investigate locations linked to Cho Kuk scandal

Alexi Rivers, Aug. 29, 2019, 9:18 a.m.


Prosecutors on Tuesday raided several places related to alleged corruption by justice minister nominee Cho Kuk.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office raided Seoul National University and Korea University to search for evidence that Cho's daughter received preferential treatment in her college admissions.

Investigators also raided Busan National University's medical school over allegations that the head helped Cho's daughter get a scholarship of W2 million per semester since 2016 although she flunked twice.

They also raided the offices of a private equity fund in which Cho's family has made dubious investments, and a private school foundation run by his mother.

Cho declined to comment on the raids but vowed to explain himself at his confirmation hearing, suggesting he has no intention to step aside voluntarily despite growing calls for him to make way for another candidate.

The ruling Minjoo Party has finally agreed to hold the confirmation hearing for Cho on Sept. 2 and 3. The approval came after a day of debate in which those who argued Cho should pull out before embarrassing the government further lost out to those who said he should have his day in the National Assembly.

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