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Prosecutor general apologizes over corruption scandal involving senior state attorney

All News 11:43 September 30, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutor-General Kim Soo-nam apologized Friday for a corruption scandal, involving a senior state attorney, stressing that justice and integrity are the "bedrock" of the law enforcement agency.

Prosecutor Kim Hyung-joon was arrested on Thursday on charges of taking kickbacks in return for peddling his influence over an investigation. He is the second incumbent prosecutor to be arrested this year, following Jin Kyung-joon, who was indicted in July for allegedly receiving bribes from a businessman.

"Due to a series of corruption scandals involving some members, (the prosecutors' office) has recently disappointed and shocked citizens who are hoping to see clean and righteous prosecutors," Kim told a gathering of senior officials at the Supreme Prosecutors' Office.

"The honor of the prosecution has also fallen to the floor," he added.

The chief prosecutor stressed that rank-and-file prosecutors cannot make correct judgments and regain public trust if they aren't impartial.

"The prosecution is the key law enforcement organization and is in charge of implementing the anti-graft law," Kim said. "Prosecutors themselves must strictly abide by the law and apply stricter standards to ourselves in the enforcement of the law."

This photo, taken on Aug. 30, 2016, shows Prosecutor-General Kim Soo-nam leaving his office at the Supreme Prosecutors' Office in southern Seoul. (Yonhap)

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