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(LEAD) Former Saenuri publicity official questioned over free campaign videos

All Headlines 14:50 August 25, 2016

(ATTN: RECASTS headline, lead; ADDS more info in 3rd para, remarks from Cho in 4th para)

SEOUL, Aug. 25 (Yonhap) -- State prosecutors on Thursday questioned a former publicity official of the ruling Saenuri Party over his alleged breach of the Political Fund Act, investigators said.

Cho Dong-won, who was in charge of the party's publicity headquarters ahead of the April 13 parliamentary elections, is alleged to have demanded an advertisement firm produce election campaign videos, worth 80 million won (US$71,498), for free.

A party cannot receive any donation for political activities in a way that is not allowed under the funding act. One can face a prison sentence of up to five years or a fine of up to 10 million won ($8,956) for contravening the act.

"I will explain (my position) when the opportunity arises," Cho told reporters upon arrival at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office.

The prosecutorial probe opened after the National Election Commission filed a complaint against Cho, his colleague and the head of the ad firm on July 8.


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