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S.Korean prosecutors drop case against minister

S.Korean prosecutors drop case against minister

Sep 29, 2020

Seoul (South Korea), September 29: South Korean prosecutors have decided not to indict justice minister Choo Mi-ae over allegations she pressed the military to give special favors to her son.
The Seoul Eastern District Prosecutors Office announced on Monday that it dropped the charges against Choo and her son.
A major opposition party alleged in January that she pressured the military to grant her son extended leave from his mandatory military service in 2017. Choo was the chair of the ruling Democratic Party at the time.
The prosecutors said the leave was granted appropriately and that it's hard to believe there was external pressure.
In South Korea, prominent figures often come under scrutiny for allegations of favoritism related to the country's conscription and education system.
In October of last year, former justice minister Cho Kuk resigned amid allegations that his children were given preferential treatment to get into prestigious schools. Cho was one of President Moon Jae-in's close allies.
The prosecutors' decision not to indict Choo is widely viewed as a relief for Moon's government.
Source: NHK World