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Seoul police headquarters raided over presidential aide's corruption scandal

All Headlines 13:55 September 12, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Yonhap) -- State prosecutors on Monday raided the country's police headquarters and its Seoul bureau as part of their probe into a corruption scandal involving a senior presidential aide.

Woo Byung-woo, senior presidential secretary of affairs, is suspected of abusing his authority to get his son posted to a relatively easy job with the police during his mandatory military service.

The special investigation team looking into the scandal said it raided the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency (SMPA) in central Seoul to confiscate hard disks and other documents related to the management of conscripted policemen.

The probe team also sent investigators to the National Police Agency (NPA) in western Seoul to secure computer servers in charge of managing conscripted officers.

Late last month, prosecutors launched the first round of raids into the Seoul police agency, shortly after the task force was formed to investigate the alleged corruption raised against the 49-year-old incumbent secretary.

The probe began in August when Lee Seok-wu, the special inspector who investigated the corruption suspicions, requested a criminal investigation of Woo for allegedly evading taxes and embezzling assets from a company run by his family.

The probe team is also looking into allegations that Lee illegally leaked information about the then ongoing investigation to a local reporter.

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