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Justice minister apologizes over prosecutor's scandal

All News 15:13 July 18, 2016

SEOUL, July 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's justice minister on Monday apologized over the scandal that one of the country's senior prosecutors took bribes from a leading online game maker and used the money to make stock investments.

"We will accept all criticism, and make various efforts to build up public trust in the prosecutors' office," Justice Minister Kim Hyun-woong said, adding he will tighten control over prosecutors to prevent similar cases breaking out in the future.

On Sunday, Jin Kyung-joon, 49, was arrested for amassing massive amounts of wealth through shady stock transactions involving Nexon Co. The game maker allegedly gave some 400 million won (US$351,000) to Jin in 2005, helping him make some 12 billion won in profits through stock transactions up till 2015.

"We will investigate the case thoroughly to clear all allegations, and punish those that broke the law," Kim added.

The minister, however, said he has not expressed an intent to resign from his post, denying local media reports.

colin@yna.co.kr
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