An arrest warrant for Yoon Seok-min, husband of President Park Geun-hye’s cousin and a former lawmaker, was issued Wednesday over bribery-taking suspicions, court officials said.
Yoon, 77, served as a lawmaker from April 1981 through Dec. 1984.
The Uijeongbu District Court approved the arrest of Yoon, citing fear of flight or destruction of evidence.
Yoon is suspected of receiving tens of millions of won in 2013 from a then wanted suspect in a corruption case, known only by her family name Hwang, in order to cover up her tracks through his acquaintance at Cheong Wa Dae.
In 2008, Hwang disguised herself as a daughter of the then prime minister and started bribing government officials to get approval for the construction of an apartment complex. Hwang has since been convicted and is serving out a prison sentence of two years and six months.
If Yoon is indicted, it would be the first corruption scandal involving a member of President Park’s family.
An arrest warrant was issued for Yoon Seok-min, a former lawmaker and husband of President Park Geun-hye’s cousin. Yoon is suspected of receiving bribes from a then suspect who was involved in a corruption case. In the photo, Yoon walks past a reporter after a hearing at the Uijeongbu District Court on Aug. 19, 2015. (Yonhap)