The investigation team at the Seongnam Branch of the Suwon District Prosecutor's Office tried to request financial data from the Financial Intelligence Service over the suspicion of sponsorship between Seongnam FC, but it was confirmed that Prosecutor General Kim Oh-su was directly involved in the process of the Supreme Prosecutor's Office's rejection.
Last year, the Seongnam Branch of the Suwon District Prosecutor's Office conducted its own investigation separately from the police investigation to see if Seongnam City had a preference in the process of corporate sponsorship of 16 billion won to Seongnam FC between 2015 and 2017.
In particular, the prosecution's investigation team was looking into how Naver, which sponsored 4 billion won, sponsored Seongnam FC through an incorporated association rather than directly.
The investigation team led by Deputy Prosecutor Ha-Young Park, who recently resigned due to disagreements with the Seongnam District Commissioner Park Eun-jung and the Seongnam FC case, decided to request financial data related to Naver donations from the Financial Intelligence Unit FIU in July of last year.
However, the Supreme Prosecutor's Office rejected the request for financial data, saying there was a procedural problem, but as a result of SBS coverage, it was confirmed that during this process, Prosecutor General Kim Oh-soo called Park Eun-jung, head of the Seongnam Branch, and gave direct instructions.
A prosecution official said, "A request for financial data is a practical matter that is not normally reported to the president."
The Supreme Prosecutor's Office acknowledged the fact that Prosecutor General Oh-su Kim spoke to District Commissioner Eun-jung Park in response to SBS's inquiry, explaining, "In order to comply with due process, the Prosecutor General's right to exercise the right to direct investigations over the front-line agencies is a natural exercise of command, and it is a duty that must be performed."
This is the explanation of the Prosecutor General's 'reasonable investigation'.
Prosecutor General Kim Oh-soo ordered the Suwon District Prosecutors' Office to investigate the facts on the 26th after the suspicion of refusing to investigate Seongnam FC.Keywords: