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Posted : 2009-12-16 22:44
Updated : 2009-12-16 22:44

Prosecutors Get Warrant to Summon Former PM


Former Prime Minister
Han Myung-sook
By Park Si-soo
Staff Reporter

A court issued a warrant to summon former Prime Minister Han Myung-sook to question her over alleged bribery, Wednesday.

The issuance came just hours after the prosecution’s request to the Seoul Central District Court, claiming face-to-face questioning with Han was necessary. It has yet to be confirmed when prosecutors will enforce the warrant.

The move came three days after the main opposition party member’s second refusal to turn herself in to the Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office.

The prosecution has been investigating the allegation that while she was in office, Korea’s first female prime minister received $50,000 in bribes from former Korea Express President Kwak Young-wook in exchange for arranging his appointment as CEO of a subsidiary of the state-run Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO). Kwak has already been detained.

A spokesman for the Seoul Central District Court refused to provide details, citing the ongoing nature of the case and legal protocol.

Prosecutors are confident that they have a strong case against Han, and urged her to appear for questioning.

Following the news that the prosecution had obtained a warrant, Han condemned the action, saying: ``This is apparently a political vendetta. I will overcome whatever I face in the future.’’

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