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Police: DLP roster had 120 union members

One hundred and twenty members of a left-wing teachers union and a civil-service union had registered as members on the Democratic Labor Party Web site, police said yesterday.

Police released the number after raiding the DLP’s server at the KT Internet Data Center in Bundang, Gyeonggi, yesterday, as they continued their investigations into alleged illegal political activity by union members.

At present, a server hosting company identified as “S” is operating the DLP’s server on lease from KT Internet Data Center. The Yeongdeungpo Police Precinct sent officers to the center to confiscate documents and the computer server of the DLP’s home page to confirm whether members of the Korean Teachers and Education Workers’ Union and the Korean Government Employees’ Union participated in any DLP activity, including voting for party executives.

Teachers and public servants are banned by law from taking part in any joint political activity. It is also illegal for governing political parties to accept public-service workers as members.

Last December, the police began investigating the DLP’s home page and said that several members of the KTEWU and KGEU had joined the party and were paying dues. At the time, the ruling Grand National Party urged the government to investigate the case thoroughly. The site had been closed by the time police attempted a second investigation late last month; this was their third attempt.

Police said have finished investigating 15 KTEWU and 12 KGEU members, but all of them stayed silent.

By Cho Jae-eun [jainnie@joongang.co.kr]

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