Court rejects arrest warrant for Cho's brother

Oct 09, 2019

Court rejects arrest warrant for Cho's brother

Tokyo (Japan) Oct 09: South Korean media say a court in Seoul has refused to issue an arrest warrant for a younger brother of scandal hit-Justice Minister Cho Kuk.
Yonhap News Agency and other media outlets reported that the Seoul Central District Court rejected the warrant on Wednesday, saying charges against the brother are disputable and enough evidence has already been collected.
They added that the court may also have considered the brother's health problems in its decision. He reportedly claimed to be suffering from back pain.
Last Friday, South Korean prosecutors filed a request for the arrest warrant in connection with the investigation of corruption allegations surrounding Cho's family.
The brother is suspected of filing a fraudulent lawsuit against a school corporation operated by Cho's relatives to seek funds. He is also suspected of accepting bribes worth several hundred thousand dollars from the parents of applicants for the school's teaching jobs.
The media said the prosecution may seek another warrant for his arrest, while there is criticism that the investigation has gone too far.
Some see the rejection by the court as a blow to the prosecution's investigation of the Cho family, who has been probed over allegations including dubious investments and corruption.
Source: NHK World