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Byeon Misused Power to Maintain Relationship with Shin

Posted September. 27, 2007 03:07,   


The special investigation team of the Seoul Western District Prosecutors` Office, which is investigating the “Shin Jeong-ah Gate” scandal, has decided to request an arrest warrant as early as Friday for Shin Jeong-ah, the 35-year-old fake doctorate degree holder of Yale University, on charges of embezzlement.

The prosecution is also considering seeking an arrest warrant for Byeon Yang-gyun, the 58 year-old former presidential policy planner, on charges of abusing his authority or providing kickbacks to a third party.

However, the prosecution may have to file an arrest warrant for Byeon some time after filing one for Shin because he is strongly denying the allegations.

Prosecutors, who have also confirmed that Shin embezzled hundreds of millions of won worth of corporate sponsorship from Sungkok Art Museum, also plan to add the charge of conspiring with Byeon to abuse his power to Shin’s list of transgressions, in the case they indict Byeon on charges of misusing his influence.

Prosecutors grilled Byeon and Shin at the sixth round of questioning on Wednesday, over whether or not Byeon used his influence to have Kim Chang-rok, chairman of the Korea Development Bank, make a contribution to the museum upon Shin’s request and whether Byeon was asked to do favors in return for corporate sponsorship.

“At the moment, it seems Byeon did what Shin asked him to do in order to maintain his relationship with her,” a prosecution official said.

Meanwhile, the special investigation team of the Busan District Prosecutors` Office, which has been investigating the collusive ties between Jeong Yun-jae, former protocol secretary to President Roh Moo-hyun, and Kim Sang-jin, a building constructor, announced that they will request a second warrant for Jeong’s arrest as early as this weekend.