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Ruling party mulls referring opposition lawmaker to ethics panel over 'cash photo'

All News 11:28 October 19, 2021

By Lee Haye-ah

SEOUL, Oct. 19 (Yonhap) -- The ruling Democratic Party (DP) said Tuesday it plans to refer an opposition lawmaker to the parliamentary ethics committee for making groundless claims against Gyeonggi Gov. Lee Jae-myung using a dubious photo of bundles of cash.

Rep. Kim Yong-pan of the main opposition People Power Party (PPP) revealed the photo during a parliamentary audit of the Gyeonggi provincial government on Monday, claiming it showed Lee, the DP's presidential nominee, took bribes from gangsters.

Lee, who attended the audit as chief of the provincial government, laughed and denied the accusations.

Kim's claims later lost credence as the cash photo was found to be the same one that the former gangster used previously on Facebook to show off his own earnings.

"We believe (Kim) isn't qualified to be a National Assembly representative and plan to refer him to the ethics committee and even talk about the need for him to step down," Rep. Han Jun-ho, a DP spokesman, told reporters after a party meeting.

The ethics committee decides whether to take disciplinary action against lawmakers.

Lee has come under fire from opposition parties over suspicions he was involved in a corrupt scheme that awarded a little known company massive dividends from a land development project conducted in Seongnam in 2015 during his time as mayor.

This pool photo shows a photo displayed by Rep. Kim Yong-pan of the People Power Party during a parliamentary audit of the Gyeonggi provincial government in Suwon, south of Seoul, on Oct. 18, 2021. Kim claimed the money in the photo was bribes from gangsters to Gyeonggi Gov. Lee Jae-myung. (Yonhap)

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