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Lee calls for prosecution reform amid bribery scandal

All Headlines 11:43 April 26, 2010

By Lee Chi-dong

SEOUL, April 26 (Yonhap) -- President Lee Myung-bak urged the prosecution Monday to change its "internal culture" in order to regain public trust as it reels from a widening bribery scandal.

The prosecution has come under harsh criticism following allegations by a former businessman that he bribed Busan-based prosecution officials with cash, gifts, meals and prostitutes for over two decades.

One of the named senior prosecutors, currently chief of the Busan District Prosecutor's Office, last week offered to resign over what has come to be called the "sponsor scandal." The prosecution temporarily relieved him of his duties, but delayed personnel decisions until a special committee concludes its probe of the scandal.

"Everybody should realize the seriousness of the problem," the president was quoted as saying at his weekly meeting with senior secretaries at Cheong Wa Dae.

"The prosecution should use this 'Sponsor' case as a chance to change its internal culture," Lee said, according to his spokesman Park Sun-kyoo. "The prosecution should address its customary wrongdoings on its own. Above all, prosecutors should take a humble attitude," the president said, calling for a thorough investigation into the scandal to prevent a recurrence.

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