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Senior judge arrested after being probed over corruption charges

All News 11:05 September 01, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 1 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors on Thursday arrested an incumbent judge after grilling him over allegations he received kickbacks from a local businessman who is at the center of a lobbying scandal that is rocking the country's legal sector.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office called in the judge, identified only by his surname Kim, to ask questions about suspicions he received bribes from Jung Woon-ho, former chief of local cosmetics brand Nature Republic.

After questioning Kim for over 17 hours, prosecutors arrested him without warrant, citing his unstable mental state.

Kim asked for a leave of absence earlier this month after the allegations came to light. The country's top court allowed it till February.

A number of former and current legal professionals and businessmen are standing trial in relation to the sprawling scandal.


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