Police drop indictment solicitation case charges
By Yi Whan-woo
Police have decided not to ask the prosecution to indict Kim Jae-ho, a judge and the husband of former ruling Saenuri Party lawmaker Na Kyung-won on charges of abusing his authority. He had been accused pressuring a prosecutor to indict a blogger critical of his wife.
They also decided to drop charges against Choo Chin-woo, a reporter of the progressive SisIN magazine, who was accused by the couple of having defamed them by writing about the indictment solicitation.
The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said the investigation of the three will not continue, adding the case will be referred to the prosecution with a recommendation that it drops the case.
The decision came after Kim, a senior judge at the Seoul Eastern District Court, submitted written testimony to police, after refusing to appear for questioning for a third time.
“Since he turned in the statement, there is no additional plan to question him in person, or to seek an arrest warrant,” an investigator said.
Kim said in the four-page statement that he admitted to having phoned Park Eun-jung, 41, the female prosecutor known to have been pressured by him to indict the blogger critical of his wife.
The judge added that the call was “probably to seek help in deleting any malicious online comments” posted by the blogger regarding his 50-year-old spouse.
Police questioned Na in person last week. They also requested Park to present herself Monday, but she was unavailable.