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Gangwon governor convicted of bribery, stripped of his post

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SEOUL, Jan. 27 (Yonhap) -- Gangwon Province Gov. Lee Kwang-jae was stripped of his post Thursday after the Supreme Court upheld his six-month suspended jail term and restitution of 114 million won (US$102,333) on charges of receiving illegal political funds.

Under the current election law, a confirmed jail term or a fine of more than 1 million won results in the nullification of parliamentary and elected officials' seats and disqualifies them from running for a public office for the next ten years.

The 46-year-old Lee, who once was a right-hand man of the late former President Roh Moo-hyun, had been indicted in 2009 on charges of receiving illegal political funds from two local businessmen, including Park Yeon-cha, who was at the center of the bribery scandal involving Roh and his aides, in 2006.

He was elected the governor of the eastern province of Gangwon in the June 2 local elections last year but had been temporarily suspended from executing his duties pending court ruling on the bribery charges. He was reinstated after the Constitutional Court said he could assume the duties as governor. [YONHAP]


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