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(EDITORIAL from Korea Times on Aug. 8)

2013/08/08 08:07

Snowballing scandal

The nuclear corruption case is escalating into a high-profile political scandal involving powerful figures in the previous Lee Myung-bak administration after prosecutors detained a broker and a former ruling party official.

The two allegedly belonged to the so-called Yeongpo line, a group of officials and politicians who came from Yeongil and Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, the former president’s hometown. They are suspected of taking more than 1 billion won from a provincial supplier of water management systems used in nuclear power plants in 2009 under the pretext of lobbying for export of the company’s products.