Ex-finance minister cleared of charge in illicit hiring case

ANYANG, South Korea, Oct. 5 (Yonhap) — A regional court on Friday found a former finance minister not guilty of using his influence to have a state-run company employ his former intern.

The Anyang branch of the Suwon District Court made the ruling on Rep. Choi Kyung-hwan of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party, citing insufficient evidence. Choi was a close ally of jailed former President Park Geun-hye.

The opposition bigwig was accused of influencing the Small and Medium Business Corp. to hire his former intern, surnamed Hwang, in 2013.

Choi has denied the charges.

Choi has been jailed over a different bribery case pending an appellate decision. He was convicted in June of taking 100 million won (US$88,500) from the state intelligence agency in 2014 when he served as finance minister.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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