Prosecutors Seek Arrest Warrant for Ex-Labor Minister

David Song, July 2, 2018, 8:28 a.m.

Prosecutors sought an arrest warrant Monday for an ex-labor minister accused of involvement in the state spy agency's maneuvering to establish a pro-government labor organization and weaken grass-root workers' movements under the former conservative Lee Myung-bak government.

Lee Chae-pil, who served as labor minister from 2011-13, is suspected of involvement in the National Intelligence Service's scheme to establish a third labor umbrella group in 2011 to counter the traditional union groups, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU).

Lee was accused of asking the intelligence agency to support the new conservative labor group, which later merged with the FKTU in 2014. Lee denied any wrongdoing when he appeared at a prosecutors' office for questioning last week.

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