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Korea's former spy agency chief sentenced to 2 years in prison

Updated: 2014-01-23 06:28:06 (KST)
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The Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday sentenced the former chief of Korea's spy agency Won Se-hoon to two years in prison.
Won, who headed the National Intelligence Service under President Lee Myung-bak, was found guilty of taking bribes from the head of the now-bankrupt Hwangbo Construction for helping the company win bids for major construction deals between 2009 and 2010.
He took some 160-milllion won, or roughly 150-thousand dollars in kickbacks.
The Seoul court also ordered the former spy chief to pay a fine of 150-thousand dollars.
The court pointed out that the heavy punishment was inevitable, considering the seriousness of the crime and that Won had not expressed sincere regret for his actions.
Won is also currently on trial on charges of meddling in the December 2012 presidential election.
He was charged with ordering NIS agents to post Internet comments in favor of then-ruling party candidate Park Geun-hye leading up to voting day.
The trial on those charges will resume early next week, and a verdict is expected in February.
Hwang Ji-hye, Arirang News.


Reporter : emilyfwang@arirang.co.kr

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