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A controversy surrounding Moon’s daughter who moved overseas

A controversy surrounding Moon’s daughter who moved overseas

Posted January. 30, 2019 08:13,   

Updated January. 30, 2019 08:13


The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) on Tuesday cast doubt on selling of house and moving overseas by Moon Da-hye, the daughter of President Moon Jae-in, and demanded explanation from the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae. Immediately after the LKP disclosed the school register of Moon Da-hye’s son, Cheong Wa Dae refuted the argument, calling it a “dissemination of false information” and an “unabashed act.”

According to LKP lawmaker Kwak Sang-do on Tuesday, Mr. Seo, husband of Moon Da-hye, resigned from a game company in March last year and transferred his house title in Jongro-gu, Seoul to his wife. Moon Da-hye sold the house three months later and moved to one of the ASEAN countries with her husband and son. The data disclosed by Rep. Kwak included a document showing Da-hye’s son transferring to a school in a Southeast Asian country.

“A rumor has it that the government offered 20 billion won in financial assistance to Seo’s company and three billion won has been misappropriated,” Rep. Kwak said. The opposition party requested Cheong Wa Dae to disclose the documents regarding the budget for security guards dispatched overseas for Da-hye’s family and sales of the house.

In response, presidential office spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom released a statement, criticizing the act as “using the official capacity of lawmaker to disseminate false information involving the president’s family.” The statement added that there were no illegalities in selling the property and moving overseas and stressed that their move was neither because of their financial circumstances nor education of their child.

Cheong Wa Dae also explained that there has been a total of nine immediate family members of former and incumbent presidents, who moved overseas, since 1980 and they received presidential security service according to the Presidential Security Act.

Woo-Yeol Choi dnsp@donga.com