Corruption & Scandals

Arrest warrant issued for President Park’s brother-in-law Yoon Seok-min

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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 a former lawmaker and husband of President Park Geun-hye's cousin, identified only by his surname Yoon (R). 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)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)

 

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  • http://www.harpo.ca harp0inseouI

    You need to work on being accurate. There is a big difference between brother-in-law and cousin. Get it right!!

    • Anonymous_Joe

      I thought the same when I read the first sentence of the article vs. what was printed in the headline. In fairness to the Korea Observer, however, this is Yonhap News’s error. The Korea Observer only licenses Yonhap’s news feeds.

      Now Yonhap came about this error through a cultural mistranslation. I’ve often heard Koreans refer to their cousins as their brothers and sisters, so PGH’s cousin’s husband could have been mistranslated as her brother-in-law.

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