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Prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ex-NIS director

2017/11/15 08:07

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SEOUL, Nov. 15 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors sought an arrest warrant for a former chief of the National Intelligence Service on Wednesday over allegations that the agency paid billions of won to the presidential office when ousted President Park Geun-hye was in office.

Lee Byung-kee, who served as NIS director from 2014-2015, was already been in custody, as prosecutors had put him under emergency detention a day earlier. Lee is one of three NIS directors under Park, and prosecutors requested court warrants Tuesday to arrest the other two -- Nam Jae-joon and Lee Byong-ho -- over the same charges.

The three are accused of providing a total of 4 billion won (US$3.6 million) in agency funds to close aides to Park between 2013 and mid-2016. Prosecutors suspect the money may have been channeled into a secret fund belonging to Park.

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