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Prosecutors confiscated convicted ex-PM's prison funds

All Headlines 17:08 March 14, 2016

SEOUL, March 14 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors said Monday that they confiscated money from former Prime Minister Han Myeong-sook's prison fund after she repeatedly refused to pay 880 million won (US$741,000) in collection charges following her conviction for receiving kickbacks.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said that in January it took 2.5 million won that Han had been holding in a fund to spend at the prison commissary.

In August 2015, the Supreme Court sentenced the 71-year-old to two years behind bars for accepting illegal political funds from the head of a local construction firm. The court also ordered Han to pay back the illegal funds she had received.

Prosecutors said the move was in line with the court's decision to collect the kickbacks she received.

Han's aide, who asked not to be named, however denounced the prosecutors' actions as being politically motivated.

"She was trying to pay the money, but could not as her property has been seized," he said.

Han, the first former prime minister in the country's history to serve a jail term, was in office from 2006 to 2007 under the late liberal President Roh Moo-hyun.

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