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Pastor arrested for defaming president-elect

All Headlines 21:17 February 23, 2013

SEOUL, Feb. 23 (Yonhap) -- A local pastor was detained Saturday on charges of falsely accusing incoming President Park Geun-hye of bribing late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il during her visit to the communist country in 2002, prosecutors said.

The Seoul Central District Court approved the prosecution's request for an arrest warrant for Rev. Cho Woong, they said.

On two video clips posted on the Internet earlier this week, the 77-year-old pastor claimed that Park had handed over tens of billions of won equivalent to tens of millions of U.S. dollars to Kim.

The videos spread quickly on social networking sites, topping more than 200,000 hits in a few days.

The Korea Communications Commission, which oversees the government's broadcasting policies, removed the two video clips on YouTube and other local portal sites.

Park's 2002 visit to Pyongyang was arranged at the invitation of the late North Korean leader. After the trip, Park said she and Kim had discussed wide-ranging issues, including inter-Korean relations.

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