FORMER CIVIL SEVANT WHO RECEIVED BRIBE DURING DAEGU UNIVERSIADE COMMUTED SENTENCE 4 YEARS AND 6 MONTHS IN PRISON

On the 17th, Daegu High Court Criminal Division 2 (Chief Judge Jeong Seung-gyu) was charged with receiving money along with a favor from a businessman in connection with the 2003 Daegu Summer Universiade (bribery under the Act on the Aggravated Punishment of Specific Crimes, etc.). In the appeal trial for former public official A (70), who was indicted, the original sentence of 5 years in prison was overturned and he was sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison. Additionally, an additional collection of 138 million won was ordered.

Mr. A was a secretary of the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs (Ministry of Public Administration and Security) at the time of the Daegu Summer Universiade. From August 2002 to November 2004, when he was dispatched to the Games Organizing Committee, he requested that advertising business rights be obtained through private contracts from advertising agencies or paid to the organizing committee. They were all taken to trial on charges of receiving 138 million won along with a request to reduce the winning bid for advertising business rights.

Mr. A fled to China to avoid the prosecution’s investigation in February 2005 and lived as a fugitive for about 18 years before entering the country at Incheon International Airport on his own last February. He was also charged with obtaining a counterfeit passport in China and then presenting it at Incheon International Airport (obstruction of official duties by fraud).

The court said, “Considering the fact that the defendant voluntarily entered the country to submit a letter of surrender, his age, and the fact that he has a chronic illness, the sentence handed down by the original trial is judged to be somewhat heavy.” Meanwhile, during the Daegu Summer Universiade, a political and relationship lobbying incident occurred surrounding the selection of an outdoor advertising company, and seven people, including a member of the National Assembly, the Games Executive Committee Chairman, and a city council member, 카지노사이트킹 were indicted, and the indictment of Mr. A, who fled abroad, was suspended.

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