Police to request additional prosecution data over photo leak

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Police to request additional prosecution data over photo leak

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Police said Friday they will ask the prosecution for more data on the leakage of a photo of a female suspect in a high-profile sex scandal, saying that the outcome of the top prosecution's internal probe that the photo was never leaked outside the office lacks concrete evidence.

The scandal centers around allegations that a trainee prosecutor engaged in sexual acts with the suspect charged with theft during questioning at his office last month. The junior prosecutor apparently also had sex with the woman at a motel two days later.

A photo of the 42-year-old suspect later spread around the Internet and the woman asked police to look into who had leaked and circulated the photo.

After revelations that several prosecutors and law officials were allegedly responsible for leaking the photo in the first place, the two investigative authorities agreed earlier this month that prosecutors will first probe the case and hand over the outcome to police.

The Seocho Police Station on Thursday received a list of two prosecutors and four prosecution officials under suspicion of making the computer file of the female suspect's photo by capturing her image in the prosecution's database and circulating it.

A special investigation team at the Supreme Prosecutors' Office, however, said that there was no sign that the file had been leaked outside of the office.

"(We) plan to ask for additional material, as we could not find enough evidence to prove how the prosecution came to this conclusion," a police officer close to the investigation said.

Police officials said they will make a decision whether to summon and question the prosecutors allegedly involved in the leakage after receiving the data.

No sitting prosecutor has ever been questioned by police. (Yonhap)
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