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Court grants bail to ex-lawmaker charged in Daejang-dong development scandal

All News 15:51 August 08, 2022

SEOUL, Aug. 8 (Yonhap) -- The Seoul District Court granted bail Monday to a former ruling party lawmaker indicted on bribery charges in connection with a massive development corruption scandal in the city of Seongnam, just south of Seoul.

Kwak Sang-do, a former two-term lawmaker of the ruling People Power Party (PPP), was set to be released from the Seoul Detention Center later in the day on a 300 million won (US$229,691) bail, according to the officials.

Kwak was charged with taking 5 billion won in bribes from Hwacheon Daeyu Asset Management, which is at the center of the development corruption scandal, in the form of severance pay for his son who worked at the firm for about six years.

In return, he allegedly helped the asset firm form a consortium with KEB-Hana Bank for the project to develop the Daejang-dong district in Seongnam into an apartment complex and collect astronomical profits.

Kwak has been denying all the charges.

Former People Power Party lawmaker Kwak Sang-do leaves the Seoul Central District Court on Feb. 4, 2022, following a hearing on whether to issue an arrest warrant. (Yonhap)

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