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Taejon Investigation to Follow the Money Trail

Jan 11,1999
The Taejon Distric Prosecutor's Office, which is investigating solicitor Lee Jong Ki for incidents of bribery and kickbacks, on January 11 disclosed that one suspect allegedly received up to 14,000 dollars for referring 17 defendants to Mr. Lee.
Prosecutors combed through all the names and amounts listed in Lee's files and determined that the average referral fee per case reached 500 dollars.
Lee after being summoned by the Prosecutor's Office told reporters, 'In the case of judges and prosecutors, I wrote down their names when they called, solely to inform clients, but I never gave them money at all. Furthermore, I do not even know all the names in the list as I did not personally make the list or manage the files.'
Prosecutors will be questioning suspects beginning on January 12 including investigators, policemen and prison officials by turns.
Prosecutors will also invite computer experts to determine if files were partially deleted or not and in the case of the former to recover missing segments.
The Prosecutor's Office will also seek the whereabouts of Lee's former secretary, Kim Hyun, who leaked the diskette to the media.
The ruling National Congress for New Politics(NCNP) and the government also decided that former prosecutors or judges who become private lawyers should not take cases related with his or her former district.


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