Kim Seong-tae, a 64-year-old former member of the National Power of the People, was convicted of soliciting KT to hire her daughter.

The first division of the Supreme Court (Chief Justice Kim Seon-sun) confirmed today (17th) the original sentence of 1 year in prison and 2 years of probation in the appeal of former Rep. Kim, who was charged with bribery.

Former lawmaker Kim Seok-chae (77), who was a member of the National Assembly Environment and Labor Committee, was put on trial in July 2019 on charges of accepting a bribe to hire her daughter as a full-time employee in exchange for suppressing the adoption of a witness by then KT Chairman Lee Seok-chae (77). .

His daughter joined the KT Sports Team in 2011 as a dispatched contract worker, and then she finally passed the KT new employee open recruitment and became her full-time employee.

The judgments of the first and second trial courts were mixed as to whether the charge of bribery was established against Kim.

1 Shim acknowledged that his daughter had been employed in an unfaithful manner, but acquitted Kim himself, saying that he could not be charged with bribery because Kim himself was not provided with any benefits.

However, the second trial overturned the judgment of guilt, considering that if the daughter living with Kim got a job opportunity, it would mean that Kim received a bribe according to social norms.

At the time, the court said, "The crime of a member of the National Assembly taking her daughter's job opportunity as a bribe is a very unjust act in itself."

However, he was sentenced to one year in prison and two years of probation, saying, "Due to the crime 8 years ago, there was not a widespread perception that children could be punished as bribery just by using their children illegally."

After the second trial, former lawmaker Kim appealed, saying that it was "an erroneous result judged by false statements and false testimony filled with fabricated evidence of the prosecution" and appealed, but the Supreme Court affirmed the punishment, saying there was no problem with the original judgment.

Last year, he served as the general manager of the job function at the People's Power presidential candidate Yun Seok-yeol's camp, but resigned due to controversy over her daughter's preferential employment.

The Supreme Court also confirmed the lower court, which sentenced former Chairman Lee to one year in prison and two years of probation.

Former Chairman Lee was accused of unfairly hiring applicants with solicitation from influential figures and bribing former Rep. Kim.

In the first trial, only the charge of obstruction of business was found guilty and the charge of bribery was not found guilty, but in the second trial, all charges were acknowledged.

Former chairman Lee, who was sentenced to one year in prison in the first trial, was sentenced to one year and six months in prison and two years of probation at the appeals court.

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