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Asia More political scandals emerge in South Korea

SOUTH KOREA was rocked by more political scandals today, with former president Lee Myung Bak accused of taking bribes and a high-flying governor forced to resign amid rape allegations.

Prosecutors said yesterday that they had called in Mr Lee for questioning.

Seoul officials raided the offices of Samsung Electronics last month looking for evidence that the business conglomerate had provided financial support to a car-parts manufacturer run by Mr Lee’s family.

In South Chungcheong province, governor Ahn Hee Jung quit after his secretary publicly accused him of raping her several times since June.

Kie Ji Eun said she felt powerless to say no to Mr Ahn, who finished second to current President Moon Jae In in their party’s primaries last year.


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