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Top Prosecutor in South Korea Faces Bribe Charge

Newspaper article International New York Times

Top Prosecutor in South Korea Faces Bribe Charge

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Accused of taking payment from an online game maker, the official, Jin Kyung-joon, is the most senior Korean prosecutor ever arrested while in office.

A top South Korean prosecutor was arrested on Sunday on charges of taking millions of dollars in bribes from the owner of Nexon, a leading online game maker, in a case that the country's news media has portrayed as the epitome of corruption among its elite.

The prosecutor, Jin Kyung-joon, a vice ministerial-level official, is the most senior prosecutor ever arrested while in office in modern South Korean history.

His case has rocked the country for months, at a time when public grievances run deep over growing income inequality and the way justice is pursued here. The local news media has reported it as the latest example of how some of the country's business and government elites promote one another's interests through collusive ties. …

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