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Prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ex-labor minister

All Headlines 18:00 July 02, 2018

SEOUL, July 2 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors sought an arrest warrant Monday for an ex-labor minister accused of involvement in the state spy agency's maneuvering to establish a pro-government labor organization and weaken grass-root workers' movements under the former conservative Lee Myung-bak government.

Lee Chae-pil, who served as labor minister from 2011-13, is suspected of involvement in the National Intelligence Service's scheme to establish a third labor umbrella group in 2011 to counter the traditional union groups, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU).

Lee was accused of asking the intelligence agency to support the new conservative labor group, which later merged with the FKTU in 2014. Lee denied any wrongdoing when he appeared at a prosecutors' office for questioning last week.

Former Labor Minister Lee Chae-pil is surrounded by reporters as he appeared for questioning at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on June 25, 2018, over alleged involvement in the spy agency's systematic maneuver to hamper the union activities of two main umbrella labor groups under the former Lee Myung-bak government. (Yonhap)

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