The prosecution investigating the suspicion of the illegal departure of Kim Hak-eui, the former vice minister of the Ministry of Justice, added Lee Jeong-seop (the 32nd Judicial Research and Training Institute) to the investigation team, the 3rd Criminal Section Chief of the Suwon District Prosecutors’ Office, Se-jin Lim (34th), the 2nd Criminal Section Chief of the Suwon District Prosecutor’s Office. All investigations surrounding the controversy with former Vice Minister Kim are operated as a kind of’investigation team’ system of five prosecutors.
The sword was removed by reinforcement
Inside and outside the prosecution, it is interpreted that the number of personnel similar to that of the investigation team was reinforced in consideration of the seriousness of the matter, such as the fact that the former Minister of Justice Park Sang-sang is indicated at the top of the public interest report.
The format is’personnel reinforcement’, but in reality, it is evaluated that this supervisory prosecutor has set up a kind of’investigation team’ system in charge of’investigation team leader’. Accordingly, the command line was also changed. Song Gang (29th), the second deputy prosecutor of the Suwon District Prosecutor’s Office, who oversees the recognition department, took the lead. Existing 3rd part of the detective belongs to the first deputy prosecutor.
Earlier, the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office was reassigned to the Suwon District Prosecutor’s Office on the 13th, as suspicions related to the withdrawal of former Vice Minister Kim expanded. In addition, Criminal Chief of the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office Lee Jong-geun was excluded from the investigation and command of the case and led by Shin Seong-sik, the anti-corruption force chief. At the time of the illegal withdrawal on March 23, 2019, the chief criminal officer of the Supreme Swordsman Lee, as a policy adviser to the Minister, has raised suspicions of involvement in the post-mortem response.
Jeongseop Lee, Sejin Lim, and Songgang Investigation Team
In a dissertation released in October last year, Im Se-jin, the chief prosecutor, wrote that the current government’s’prosecution reform’ was exercised without checks, with the authority of the President and the Minister of Justice, which led to political subjugation of the prosecution.
One prosecution officer pointed out that “when he served as the Southern District Prosecutor’s Office, he played a major role in the case of’Mokpo real estate speculation’ of former Democratic Party lawmaker Son Hye-won.”
The changed command line, Second Deputy Prosecutor Songgang, is also in charge of heavy public security investigations such as the Unified Progressive Party case and the Grand National Party money bag case, and is evaluated as one of the best’public security boxes’ among the riders. It is also known that at the time of the investigation of the’Grand National Party Money Envelope’, he directly interrogated the then-Chairman Park Hee-tae.
Prosecutor Lee Jeong-seop, the head of the investigation team, re-invested the suspicion of sexual hospitality and bribery of former Vice Minister Kim’s villa when he served as the 6th Criminal Division of the Seoul East District Prosecutors’ Office.
After summoning Lee Gyu-won, should I aim the blade at the Ministry of Justice?
Accordingly, there are observations that the prosecution, who has prepared the investigation team, will extend its investigation power to clarifying the suspicion of intervening upper lines such as the Blue House, as well as the prosecutors who have been listed on the list of victims of public interest violations.
In particular, the contents of the 106-page public interest report were very specific, and at the time, many evidences related to illegal withdrawal (official documents, contents of KakaoTalk, etc.) were secured, so the investigation is expected to speed up quickly. Sooner or later, it is an observation from inside and outside the prosecution that a forced investigation will be conducted on personnel involved in the suspicion of illegal withdrawal.
Reporters Jung Yoojin and Kim Soomin [email protected]