addition to being handed over to the trial for writing a false internship confirmation letter to the son of former minister Cho Kuk, Democratic Party member Choi Kang-wook was also sentenced to loss of office at the appeals court.
Rep. Choi said that he would appeal to the Supreme Court, saying it was the result of a targeted investigation by the prosecution.
This is reporter Han So-hee.
Rep. Choi Kang-wook, who was handed over to trial in October 2017 while he was a lawyer, was charged with writing a false internship confirmation letter to the son of the then chief civil affairs officer of the Blue House.
As in the first instance, the court of appeals sentenced him to 8 months in prison and 2 years of probation.
Rep. Choi wrote a letter to Mo Cho, the son of former Minister Cho, confirming that he assisted with documents and other work for a total of 16 hours twice a week for 9 months, and Mr. Cho wrote this down in his application for admission to two graduate schools and was accepted. The second trial court also found the confirmation to be false.
The court said that it was not persuasive for the party who issued the confirmation to overturn the statement, saying that Choi's statement about Cho's internship hours was changed through the prosecution and the first and second trial trials.
He also explained the reason for the sentencing, saying that the sentence of the first trial did not go beyond a reasonable range considering the social atmosphere that emphasizes equality of opportunity and fairness.
Rep. Choi said he would appeal to the Supreme Court.
[Choi Kang-wook / Rep
. of the Democratic Party: It is difficult to understand why this is not the result of a targeted investigation, given that it did not go through a legal process and the issue of equity with other parties.]