S Korea lawmakers bribed with sex

2010-04-21 08:00

South Korea’s top prosecutor launched a probe today into

allegations that dozens of prosecutors had been bribed with sex with prostitutes

by a builder in return for business favours.

Prosecutor General Kim Joon-Gyu opened an investigation after a

television programme yesterday disclosed a detailed list of 57 allegedly bribed

prosecutors.

The Supreme Prosecutors’ Office promised to create a fact-finding

panel to look into the case and to take “strict measures” if necessary.

The businessman in the southern port of Busan told MBC television

that he had offered sex with prostitutes and other bribes to around 100

prosecutors in Busan and its surroundings since 1984 to maintain “good

relationships”.

The builder, identified by his family name Jeong (51) disclosed a

list of 57 “bribed” prosecutors and their cellphone numbers, giving detailed

written accounts of sex, drinks, cash and other favours being offered.

Kim told his deputies: “If the allegations are true, it would be a

shameful and humiliating thing for prosecutors.” Fact-finding should come first,

and strict measures should then follow in accordance with the outcomes of the

investigation.”

The prosecutors involved are said to deny the corruption

charges.

An unnamed senior prosecutor involved in the scandal told Seoul’s

Chosun

Ilbo newspaper that the businessman had spread “groundless”

allegations.

The prosecutor said the builder, who had been prosecuted for fraud

and other charges in 2008-2009 after a business failure, had harboured a private

grudge after prosecutors did not help him in the legal cases.



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