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Ex-Prosecutor General Yoon appeals ruling over justice ministry's disciplinary action

All News 15:47 October 15, 2021

SEOUL, Oct. 15 (Yonhap) -- Former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl on Friday appealed a court ruling upholding a disciplinary measure that the justice ministry took against him during his time as the top prosecutor.

On Thursday, the Seoul Administrative Court ruled that the two-month suspension handed to Yoon in December should be retained. Yoon, now a leading opposition presidential contender, filed an appeal of the ruling through his lawyer Friday.

The ministry suspended Yoon for two months, accusing him of violating political neutrality and other misconduct amid a row between Yoon and then Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae over reform of the prosecution.

Yoon immediately filed lawsuits seeking an injunction on the measure and its ultimate revocation, disputing the alleged misconduct and claiming flaws in the disciplinary process. He was reinstated about a week later as a court accepted his injunction request.

Yoon resigned as prosecutor general in March and has joined the main opposition People Power Party to run for president.

Thursday's ruling accepted three of the four reasons behind the disciplinary action, including allegations that he obstructed a probe into what is known as a press-prosecution collusion case involving one of his close associates and ordered surveillance reports on judges in charge of important cases.

The former prosecutor general said Thursday he found the ruling to be "nonsense."

This photo provided by the National Assembly press corps shows Yoon Seok-youl greeting supporters while attending a party meeting in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, on Oct. 14, 2021. (Yonhap)

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