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(4th LD) State prosecutors raid company run by presidential aide's wife

All Headlines 17:16 August 29, 2016

(ATTN: UPDATES with more info in 7th para)

SEOUL, Aug. 29 (Yonhap) -- State prosecutors on Monday raided a real estate company run by the wife of a presidential aide and a branch of the Seoul police as part of their probe into a corruption and info leak scandal involving the presidential secretary and a special inspector who investigated him.

The prosecutors raided the office of the firm in southern Seoul and confiscated computer hard disks and various documents as they accelerated their investigation into Woo Byung-woo, senior presidential secretary for civil affairs.

They said a total of eight places were raided, including a Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency office and the offices of the online game maker Nexon Korea Corp., which is suspected of having a shady deal with the family of Woo's wife.

Woo has been accused of misconduct in regards to the family firm as well as using his position to get his son posted to a relatively easy job as a policeman during his mandatory military service.

The investigation by a special task force opened on Wednesday after Lee Seok-su, a special inspector who checked corruption allegations involving Woo, filed a petition on Aug. 18, seeking a formal investigation.

The special inspector's office in central Seoul was among the places raided. Lee has been suspected of leaking information related to his probe to an unspecified journalist, which is a breach of the law.

Upon the raid conducted on his office, Lee tendered his resignation to the presidential office, a source said on condition of anonymity.

Prosecutors said they confiscated the mobile phones of Lee and the journalist on Monday to check if they actually had such talks.

"We are putting every effort to get to the truth," a senior prosecutor said. "As the two cases (on Woo and Lee) are closely related, we had no other choice but to launch the raids at the same time."

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