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Senior presidential aide's not linked to irregular property trading: prosecutor

All News 16:53 September 30, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Yonhap) -- A state prosecutor investigating a senior presidential aide who was suspected of being tied to an irregular property transaction involving online game-maker Nexon Co., said Friday that the allegation raised cannot be substantiated.

The probe came after a local daily first raised allegations about a 2011 real estate transaction linking the in-laws of Woo Byung-woo, who is President Park Geun-hye's senior presidential secretary for civil affairs, with Nexon, a company accused of giving bribes to a high-ranking state attorney.

The official, who declined to be identified, said there was nothing out of the ordinary even though some reports claimed Nexon suffered losses from the deal, raising suspicions that the transaction was intended to benefit Woo.

Woo's corruption scandal sparked opposition lawmakers to call for his dismissal, although President Park rejected such calls as groundless.

"Just looking at the facts (involving the trade), it is hard to say that it was unnatural," he said.

"We discovered the nature of the property trade, and it is believed to be a private transaction," the official said.

Prosecutors, however, plan to continue investigating the allegation that Woo used his authority to get his son posted to a relatively easy job with the police during his mandatory military service.

colin@yna.co.kr
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