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Justice Minister Cho Kuk resigns over corruption allegations

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Justice Minister Cho Kuk resigns over corruption allegations

 

Justice Minister Cho Kuk resigned from his cabinet post Monday, after nearly two months of investigations by prosecutors into corruption allegations surrounding his family.

 

Cho said in a statement that he was mere kindling for reforming the prosecution. And his role as kindling has come to an end.

 

Cho had served as President Moon Jae-In’s Senior Secretary for Civil Affairs since his inauguration and was appointed as Minister of Justice on September 9th.

 

Cho's family, including his wife, daughter and son, have been questioned by the prosecution several times regarding suspicions over the family's private equity investment and college admission.

 

A parliamentary audit of the Justice Ministry was slated for Tuesday.

 

Meanwhile, just a few hours before he resigned, Cho held his second-ever press briefing as the Justice Minister on measures to reform the prosecution.

 

He announced plans to put prosecution reform on the agenda, reaffirming his drive to reform the investigative agency that critics claim abuses its power for political reasons.

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