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Probe into illegal targeting of businessman

President Lee Myung-bak yesterday called for a quick and thorough investigation into allegations that a senior official at the prime minister’s office had conducted illegal investigation of a civilian.

Opposition parties have been attacking the Lee administration about reports that Lee In-kyu, a member of the public ethics team in the Prime Minister’s Office, had ordered the investigation of a company CEO. The businessman, Kim Jong-ik, claimed he lost his job after his office was illegally searched. He said he was investigated after posting a video critical of Lee from an Internet site on his blog in June 2008.

The president ordered “that the truth of the case be revealed swiftly and thoroughly and called for stern punishment if a law was broken,” a senior official at the Blue House said.

It was not immediately clear to whom Lee In-kyu reported, although his office is under the Prime Minister’s Office. Lee was relieved of his post on June 21 after the allegations were first raised by opposition legislators.

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