Busan bribe scandal gets indie probe

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Busan bribe scandal gets indie probe

President Lee Myung-bak yesterday appointed Min Kyung-sik as independent counsel to probe the alleged bribery of a string of Busan prosecutors over 20 years.

A Busan-based construction company owner surnamed Jeong accused prosecutors of taking cash, meals, drinks and sex services from him.

The independent counsel officially begins the investigation starting Aug. 5 and will wrap up its investigation by the end of September.

A fact-finding committee under the Supreme Public Prosecutors’ Office last month concluded an investigation and confirmed that senior and junior prosecutors took cash, meals and drinks from Jeong. But the investigation stirred public anger because only two of the 10 prosecutors who allegedly accepted bribes were fired. Prosecutors investigated 100 individuals named in the scandal.

The National Assembly passed a bill to name an independent investigator.

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