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Prosecutors investigating allegations of the 'Ministry of Industry and Trade's blacklist' seized and searched the office and home of former Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Baek Woon-gyu.

With the prospect that the prosecution's subpoena investigation is imminent, former Minister Baek expressed his position in front of reporters in person yesterday (19th).



Correspondent Kim Ji-wook.



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Yesterday morning, the prosecution raided and searched the office of the Fusion Technology Center of Hanyang University, where former Minister of Industry Baek Un-gyu is a professor.



This is the first time that the prosecution has conducted a forced investigation against former Minister Baek during the investigation into the blacklist allegation by the Ministry of Industry.



Prosecutors' investigators are known to have secured data such as e-mail details stored on the PC of former Minister Baek through a search and seizure that lasted about two hours.



Former Minister Baek personally observed the search and seizure process with an attorney.



In response to a reporter's question about whether he forced the head of an agency under the Moon Jae-in government to resign, former Minister Baek responded as follows:



[Baek Un-gyu / Former Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy: We were instructed that way, and we moved and did not...

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I would like to say that we handled our work while always complying with laws and regulations]



He said it was regrettable that former Vice Minister Lee In-ho and other executives of the Ministry of Industry at the time were summoned and interrogated one after another.



[Baek Un-gyu / Former Minister of Industry: I am very sorry.

I think that everything will come out well as I am involved in the investigation diligently.]



In addition to the office, the search and seizure were carried out against the home of former Minister Baek and six organizations affiliated with the Ministry of Industry.



After analyzing the data obtained through all-round seizure and search, the prosecution plans to summon former Minister Baek as a suspect soon for investigation.

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