South Korean Lawmaker Indicted In Election Perjury Case

kpopluv, Aug. 19, 2015, 7:46 a.m.


An opposition lawmaker has been indicted over alleged perjury in a presidential election meddling case, prosecutors said Wednesday. The Seoul Central Prosecutor's Office said Rep. Kwon Eun-hee of the New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) is suspected of falsely testifying that she had been barred by her superiors from requesting a search warrant during an investigation, to harm Kim Yong-pan, the then-chief of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency (SMPA).

Kwon was a police officer on a team that investigated the National Intelligence Service's alleged online smear campaign to sway public opinion in favor of then ruling party candidate Park Geun-hye in the 2012 presidential election. In April 2013, Kwon claimed that her superiors, including Kim, stopped her from pursuing the case as far as she believed was appropriate, a comment that sent ripples through political circles and the state intelligence agency.

The Supreme Court, however, acquitted Kim of charges of abusing his authority to influence the police investigation earlier this year, citing a lack of evidence and lack of credibility in Kwon's testimony.

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