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Justice Minister Han Dong-hoon appointed a high-ranking executive in the prosecution just one day after taking office.

Prosecutor Song Kyung-ho, who led the investigation of former Minister Cho Kuk three years ago, was appointed to the head of the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office.



Reporter Ahn Hee-jae reports.



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Attorney General Han Dong-hoon's first appointment, and the Seoul Central District Prosecutor's Office, Song Kyung-ho, who will oversee the main investigation, was appointed as the Suwon High Prosecutor's Office, and Lee Won-seok, the Jeju District Prosecutor's office, was appointed as the deputy chief of the Supreme Prosecutor's Office, who was vacant.



Prosecutor Song served as the 3rd deputy chief of the Central Prosecutor's Office in 2019, under the direction of a minister who was then head of the anti-corruption department of the Supreme Prosecutor's Office, and took charge of the investigation.



Deputy Chief Prosecutor Won-seok Lee was the head of the Planning and Coordination Department of the Supreme Prosecutor's Office in 2019 and is considered an aide to then-President Yoon Seok-yeol.



Prosecutor Shin Yong-yong, who worked with President Yoon in the special prosecutor's team, was appointed as the head of the Ministry of Justice's Prosecutor's Office, and Prosecutor Kwon Soon-jung, who was a spokesperson for the Supreme Prosecutor's Office when President Yoon was president, was appointed as the head of the Planning and Coordination Office of the Ministry of Justice.



Members of the so-called Yun Seok-yeol division occupied key positions in the Ministry of Justice and the prosecution.



On the other hand, Senior Prosecutor Lee Seong-yun, Shim Jae-cheol and Lee Jung-hyun, and Prosecutor Lee Jung-su, who had resigned from the Moon Jae-in administration, were pushed out of their posts.



[Kim Nam-geun/Chairman of the Special Committee on Reform and Legislative Minbyun: A culture of blind loyalty can be created, because it can be quite worrisome in terms of the rule of law administration and the basic democratic order…

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The Democratic Party criticized President Yoon, saying that it would create a prosecutor's republic by taking over the Justice Department and the prosecution with close prosecutors.

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