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Yoon Seok-yeol Government Grants Third Special Pardon: Former Government Officials and Business Leaders Reinstated

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Yesterday, the day before Liberation Day, the third special pardon was carried out by the Yoon Seok-yeol government.

Tae-woo Kim, former head of Gangseo-gu, Seoul, who exposed allegations of misconduct by the former chief of civil affairs at the time of the Moon Jae-in administration, and Man-soo Kang, former Minister of Strategy and Finance under the Lee Myung-bak administration, were included.

This is Reporter Sohn Gu-min.

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At the end of 2018, Investigator Kim Tae-woo, a member of the Blue House Special Inspection Team, revealed that the then-Chief of Civil Affairs at the time of Cho Kook ignored the supervision of the pro-government personnel.

It led to the criminal punishment of former chief Cho Kuk, but Investigator Kim was also charged with revealing official secrets when he was inspected for misconduct.

He ran for mayor of Gangseo-gu in Seoul and was elected, but was eventually found guilty and the election was nullified.

President Yoon Seok-yeol granted a special pardon and reinstatement of former district chief Kim Tae-woo just three months after the ruling was confirmed.

Former Strategy and Finance Minister Kang Man-soo, who was called the economic mentor of former President Lee Myung-bak, was also sentenced to five years in prison for exerting external pressure on state projects, but was reinstated this time.

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″In order to resolve political and social conflicts, comprehensively consider the seriousness and circumstances of the crime, contributions to the country, etc.″

Twelve people, including the head of a conglomerate, were also included in the special pardon for economic recovery.

Economic offenders with astronomical amounts of money, such as Lee Joong-geun, former chairman of Booyoung, who was punished for embezzlement of 50 billion won, and honorary chairman Park Chan-koo of Kumho Petrochemical, who was controversial after being convicted of breach of trust of 13 billion won and receiving an annual salary of 5 billion won during the employment restriction period, were pardoned or punished. I was reinstated.

Former Chairman Lee Ho-jin of Taekwang was bailed for curing liver cancer, and there was even a controversy over the so-called “Emperor’s Jewel” for drinking and living luxuriously, but because he was arrested again and served all his sentence, he enjoyed the benefit of being reinstated again.

Amid the resumption of the Park Geun-hye government’s martial law documents investigation, So Kang-won, former chief of staff at the Defense Security Command, who was a working-level official, was reinstated from a final sentence of one year in prison for inspecting the Sewol victims’ families.

With this August 15 pardon, the third of the Yoon Seok-yeol administration, 2,176 people were pardoned or reinstated, and administrative sanctions for 810,000 people, such as driver’s license cancellation, were reduced.

This is MBC News Son Gu-min.

2023-08-14 21:19:03
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