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Prosecutors Summon Lawmaker for Taking Money from Dentists

Prosecutors Summon Lawmaker for Taking Money from Dentists

Posted May. 31, 2007 03:57,   


At top of the bribery scandal that involve the Korean Medical Association and a couple of prosecuted opposition lawmakers, the investigation department of the Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office is reportedly investigating an additional three to four lawmakers, including Uri party’s Kim Chun-jin, who belongs to National Assembly’s health and welfare committee.

In the investigation into the chief of the Korean Dental Association, Ahn Seong-mo, prosecutors have acquired a statement that the association had provided about 10 million won to Kim Chun-jin by entrusting researching service related to health insurance in 2005, and they are now confirming whether the money played a role in giving compensation for legislative action in the National Assembly.

Prosecutors asked Kim to appear in court as a reference at 5:00 P.M on May 30, but he did not appear.

Kim announced in a statement that, “I have never taken money from the dental association and I have never worked for any interest groups for any purpose.”

A person from Kim’s side said, “Even though dentists have sent donations about 100,000 won, as far as I know, there has never been any money related to the association, and there was no request for research services from the association.”

A prosecutor Park Cheol-jun of the Seoul central district office said, “We have investigated references related to Mr. Kim and we will close the case as soon as possible.” He added, “The investigation will be focused on recordings from the former president of Korean Medical Association, Jang Dong-ik, to find out the purpose of the money spent by the organization,” hinting that there could be an additional investigation into lawmakers who took political funds in return for favors or without legal procedures.