Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae ordered Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-yeol to suspend the execution of his duties and demanded disciplinary action against Yoon.
Minister Chu said a number of serious and serious charges of misconduct were confirmed as a result of his inspections, and said he was no longer able to tolerate serving as the prosecutor general.
This is the first time in the history of a constitution that an incumbent Justice Minister has excluded the Prosecutor General from his duties.
First, reporter Kang Cheong-wan.
Minister Choo Mi-ae's announcement of the suspension of his duties to Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-yeol was made on the evening of the 24th.
[Chu Mi-ae/Minister of Justice: With a very heavy heart, I am compelled to report disciplinary claims and exclusions from the Prosecutor General to the public.] As
a result of conducting an inspection of Yun, Minister Choo conducted several serious and grave charges of misconduct. He said he had confirmed.
In 2018, when he was in office as the Seoul Central District Prosecutor's Office, there was a fact that he had improperly contacted the JoongAng Ilbo key, and conducted inspections such as grasping the propensity of the judges in major cases such as the case of former Minister Cho Kook.
In addition, in connection with the alleged attempts to be compelled by Channel A and former Prime Minister Han Myung-sook, I also heard the suspicion of violating the obligation to cooperate and interfering with the prosecution in the face-to-face investigation of the head of the Prosecutor's Office of the Ministry of Justice.
Yoon pointed out that he undermined political neutrality by saying something that could be interpreted as political participation at the Supreme Prosecutor's Office last month as a reason for disciplinary claims and job exclusion.
Minister Chu said he was shocked to hear the results of the prosecution, and said he would continue to inspect other charges in the future.
[Chu Mi-ae/Minister of Justice: As the Minister of Justice, who is the commanding and supervisory authority, I am very sorry for the fact that I have caused a lot of concern to the people.] After
four orders of inspection, Minister Chu threw the last card stating that the incumbent prosecutor general was excluded from the duties of the Ministry of Justice. The conflict between the and the Greatsword is going to an extreme.
(Video coverage: Yang Doo-won, video editing: Lee Jae-seong)
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