The relationship between the two people who are evaluated as the main pillars of the Prosecutor’s Disciplinary Committee of the Ministry of Justice, who punished Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-yeol, is attracting attention again for the alleged violation of the departure ban by Kim Hak-ei. This is the story of Han-jung Jeong, a professor at the Graduate School of Law at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, and Lee Yong-gu, Vice Minister of Justice.
Past son-in-law Lee Yong-gu and Han-jung Jeong were members of the time
There are growing suspicions that pro-government officials deeply intervened in the allegations of the emergency withdrawal violation against former Vice Minister Kim, which began last month by the House Representative Joo Ho-young.
In March 2019, former Vice Minister Kim was stopped by immigration officials from the Ministry of Justice while attempting to depart from Bangkok, Thailand at night. This is because the prosecution’s past photo investigation team of the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office, which received the fact of former Vice Minister Kim’s attempt to leave the country, requested an emergency ban on departure from the Ministry of Justice.
At that time, the request for an emergency ban on departure was made based on a past case that was handled without charges, and suspicions were raised that the seal of the agency head who was investigating the case was missing. It was also argued that front-line officials searched for Kim’s departure information without authority, and that the request for approval submitted to the Ministry of Justice after the withdrawal was accompanied by an internal internal investigation number of the Seoul East District Prosecutor’s Office.
Here, the’planning theory’ of the current Vice Minister of Justice Lee Yong-gu was raised. At the time, Vice Minister Lee was the head of the Justice Department of the Ministry of Justice and a former son-in-law. In addition, the past remarks of past son-in-law Kim Yong-min, who became a member of the Democratic Party, served as the basis. Rep. Kim said, “There is a need for a ban on leaving the country by contacting the head of the Legal Affairs Office, Yong-gu Lee, the secretary of the past son-in-law.
Professor Jeong was in charge of acting as the chairman of the past son-in-law. He publicly criticized former Vice Minister Kim’s departure from abroad, saying, “What did the former high-ranking prosecutor think of the people as leaving the country at midnight, rather than cooperating with our committee?”
On the 13th, Vice Minister Lee said, “I express my deep regret,” and said, “It was just mentioning the necessity to prevent departure, but I am not familiar with the specific procedure.”
The two people who met again at the Yun Suk-yeol disciplinary committee
The two meet again at the end of last year. At the prosecutor’s disciplinary committee against Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-yeol. Professor Jeong became the official representative of the disciplinary committee on behalf of Minister Chu Mi-ae. It was on the 3rd of last month that Vice Minister Lee was appointed, and it was a week after the disciplinary committee was held.
The disciplinary committee voted for two months of suspension with President Yoon, and President Moon Jae-in reapplied. However, when the Administrative Court accepted the request for suspension of execution, Professor Chung rebelled with “severe regret”.
The Supreme Swordsman allocates the case to Kim Hak’s arrested prosecutor
Meanwhile, on the 13th, the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office reassigned Kim’s illegal withdrawal case from the Suwon District Prosecutors’ Anyang District to Suwon District Prosecutor’s Office (Director Jeong-seop Lee). This is the action taken by the Anyang branch office, which received the dividend on the 8th of last month, when the reporter’s suspicion arose because it did not even investigate the reporter.
Prosecutor Lee re-investigated the allegations of former Vice Minister Kim’s hospitality and bribery in the 6th criminal division of the Seoul Eastern District Prosecutor’s Office, and was responsible for the trial even after being prosecuted. The first trial court judged former Vice Minister Kim innocent, but the appeals trial sentenced him to two years and six months in prison and imprisoned him in court.
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