Opposition lawmaker appears at court hearing over graft

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Opposition lawmaker appears at court hearing over graft

An opposition lawmaker accused of taking bribes appeared before a Seoul court Thursday to attend a hearing to review the legality of his arrest.Rep. Kim Jae-yun of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) showed up at the Seoul Central District Court at around 2 p.m. ...

Updated : 2014.08.21 14:59

Prosecution seeks 15-yr prison term for Tong Yang chief

Prosecutors on Thursday sought a 15-year prison term for the head of financially troubled Tong Yang Group charged with fraudulently issuing and selling financial products, inflicting losses on nearly 40,000 individual investors.Chairman Hyun Jae-hyun is standing trial on charges of orchest...

Updated : 2014.08.21 13:51

Prosecution to forcibly detain 5 lawmakers over graft

Prosecutors said Thursday they will forcibly detain five sitting lawmakers, who are suspected of taking bribes, for further questioning. The move comes as the five -- Reps. Cho Hyun-ryong, Park Sang-eun of the ruling Saenuri Party, and Kim Jae-yun, Shin Hak-yong and Shin Geh-ryeun of the m...

Updated : 2014.08.21 10:48

Victims' families vote against bill on ferry disaster

The bereaved families of the victims of April's deadly ferry sinking voted late Wednesday to reject a bipartisan deal that allows the ruling party to have a say in the choice of a special counsel to be tasked with uncovering the truth behind one of the country's deadliest maritime accident...

Updated : 2014.08.21 10:20

Four lawmakers refuse to appear at court hearings over graft

Four sitting lawmakers suspected of taking bribes have decided to not appear at court hearings Thursday, prompting prosecutors to mull forcibly detaining them for further questioning.A Seoul court was scheduled to hold hearings later in the day to review the legality of the arrests of the ...

Updated : 2014.08.21 10:19

Saenuri lawmaker questioned over corruption allegations

A ruling party lawmaker appeared before prosecutors Wednesday to face questioning over allegations that he received kickbacks from a railroad supplier in exchange for business favors.The prosecution b...

Updated : 2014.08.20 21:37

(Photo News) Cold shoulder

Updated : 2014.08.20 21:35

Lewd conduct claims pile up against ex-prosecutor

The former chief prosecutor of Jejudo Island may have committed more sexual misconduct than initially suggested, evidence showed Wednesday.Jeju police have studied a series of security camera tapes of a man suspected to be Kim Soo-chang, the 52-year-old former chief of Jeju District Prosec...

Updated : 2014.08.20 21:34

9 in 10 state awards go to civil servants

Over 90 percent of the beneficiaries of government awards in the first half of 2014 were civil servants, a Saenuri lawmaker said Wednesday.A total of 13,117 people received orders, medals and commendations from January to June of this year, and 91.8 percent ― or 12,044 of these ― are cur...

Updated : 2014.08.20 21:33

Native English teachers caught taking drugs

Dozens of native-speaking English teachers and professors have been detained for distributing marijuana or taking the drug, police said Wednesday.“Some of them taught students while intoxicated,” said the police. “The suspects included Americans, Canadians and other nationalities. And t...

Updated : 2014.08.20 21:32

[Herald Interview] Descendant of U.S. missionary happy with Korean citizenship

For U.S. lawyer David Linton, last week was a meaningful step toward more involvement with his expertise in South Korea. The 42-year-old was given special naturalized Korean citizenship in gratitude f...

Updated : 2014.08.20 21:32

Dozens of foreign English teachers arrested, booked for drug crimes

Thirty-seven people, many of them foreigners staying in South Korea as English teachers, have been arrested and booked on charges of smuggling, trading and taking marijuana, police said Wednesday.Those arrested included a South Korean national with U.S. residence, surnamed Shin, as well as...

Updated : 2014.08.20 15:41

Probes underway into more harassment, sexual abuse cases in military

Investigations are under way into more than a dozen newly-reported cases of harassment, and physical and sexual abuse at barracks around the country, the Army said Wednesday, after a spate of such incidents marred the image of the military and sparked public ire.The cases were detected dur...

Updated : 2014.08.20 14:27

Warrants sought for four lawmakers on bribe charges

The prosecution on Tuesday asked the courts in Incheon and Seoul to issue arrest warrants for four lawmakers, suspected of taking kickbacks, to take them into custody.They are Rep. Park Sang-eun...

Updated : 2014.08.19 22:00

[Graphic News] Poorer Koreans face greater obesity risk

Low-income earners are more vulnerable to obesity than those in the middle or high-income brackets in South Korea, according to a study organized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.According to the...

Updated : 2014.08.19 21:22