Professor Jeong Kyung-shim, the wife of former Minister Cho Kuk, who was detained in the first trial on suspicion of corruption in the children's entrance exam and private equity funds, was also sentenced to four years in prison at the appeals court. As in the first trial, most of the charges were found guilty.

First of all, this is reporter Ahn Hee-jae.


Professor Kyung-shim Jeong was sentenced to four years in prison in the first trial at the end of last year and arrested.

The judgment of the appellate court was not significantly different.

The court found guilty of all charges of corruption in the entrance examination against his daughter Jo Min.

Most of the contents of the internship confirmation were inconsistent with the facts, and it was determined that Professor Jeong was involved in the creation of false documents by former Minister Cho Kuk.

He also maintained his guilt on the charge of opening a borrowed-name account related to a private equity fund.

However, while the amount of undue profits obtained by using undisclosed information decreased, he pleaded guilty to the charge of having asset manager Kim Kyung-rok hide the data, unlike the first trial.

The court said, "Professor Jeong's crimes seriously undermined society's belief in the fairness of the entrance exam system. Nevertheless, throughout the investigation and trial, he blurted the essence of the crime with the attitude that the entrance exam system itself was a problem, and took advantage of his superior position to hide evidence. interrupted," he rebuked.

He was then sentenced to four years in prison, the same as the first trial, saying that he continued to make assertions that are difficult to be persuasive or reasonable despite objective material evidence.

However, the fine of 500 million won in the first trial was greatly reduced to 50 million won.

Professor Jeong protested, saying it was a frustrating decision, and

[Professor Chil-jun Kim/Professor Kyung-shim Jeong: (at the appeals court) did not give the parties an opportunity to call the parties as witnesses again or to argue various facts. I'm sorry and I'm sorry...


Immediately after the verdict, former Minister Cho posted on his social media account, saying, "It's really painful for my family," and said that he would appeal to the Supreme Court and continue the legal battle.

(Video coverage: Kim Seong-il, Seo Jin-ho, Video editing: Lee Seung-hee)