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Saenuri lawmakers cleared of meddling with candidate nominations

All Headlines 16:32 October 12, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 12 (Yonhap) -- Two lawmakers of the ruling Saenuri Party and a former senior presidential secretary were cleared of allegations that they meddled in the candidate nomination process, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The announcement came after a local civic group charged Rep. Choi Gyung-hwan, Rep. Yoon Sang-hyun, and Hyun Ki-hwan, a former senior presidential secretary, of exerting unfair influence on the party's candidate selection process for the April 13 general elections. The three were accused of persuading certain candidates to drop out of the race.

They alleged influence peddling paved the way for Rep. Suh Chung-won, an eight-term lawmaker, to get on the party ticket and eventually become a lawmaker.

Prosecutors, however, said they could not find anything unlawful done by the two lawmakers, adding that the remarks they made were more like advice and could not be seen as threats. Investigators also cleared Hyun Ki-hwan for similar reasons.

The statute of limitations on violations of the election law for April's parliamentary election will officially expire on Thursday.

colin@yna.co.kr
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