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Arrest warrant sought for former aide to Moon

All Headlines 18:52 November 22, 2017

SEOUL, Nov. 22 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors sought an arrest warrant for a former senior aide to President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday for receiving bribes from a cable TV company.

Jun Byung-hun, 59, former senior presidential secretary for political affairs, is suspected of having Lotte Homeshopping donate 330 million (US$301,150) to the Korea e-Sports Association, which he controlled, in July 2015.

Prosecutors suspect the money was given to prevent him from taking issue with the renewal of its broadcasting license in April that year. Jun was then an influential lawmaker belonging to the parliamentary committee in charge of media policies.

The gaming lobby was found to have paid some 1 million won per month to his office staff.

Jun faces bribery, embezzlement and other charges, according to the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office.

He is the first high-profile official in the Moon Jae-in government to face a corruption probe. He stepped down Thursday.

The veteran politician was questioned for more than 17 hours by the prosecution on Monday and he denied all charges, according to the investigators.

Two former aides to Jun and a broker were arrested on bribery charges earlier this month.

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