South Korean Prosecutors Seek 1 Year Jail Term for Bribery for Ex-Prime Minister

David Lee, Jan. 5, 2016, 8:37 a.m.

Prosecutors on Tuesday sought a one-year jail term for a former South Korean prime minister on charges of receiving bribes from a deceased businessman.Former Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo was accused of receiving 30 million won (US$25,000) at his election office in April 2013 from Sung Wan-jong, the late chairman of construction firm Keangnam Enterprises Inc.

Prosecutors said the sentence demand came as Lee's actions "severely damaged" the laws related to the transparency of political fundings. The indictment came as part of the prosecution's investigation into an alleged "bribery list" left behind by Sung that included high-profile politicians. Sung hanged himself on April last year, just hours before a court hearing that would have determined the legality of his arrest regarding his embezzlement charges.

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