Jeong Jin-woong, a researcher at the Justice Research and Training Institute, who was charged with assaulting Justice Minister Han Dong-hoon during the search and seizure process, was found not guilty.

The first division of the Supreme Court dismissed the prosecution's appeal and confirmed the lower court's verdict that Chung was not guilty of self-directed assault.

On July 29, the year before last, Commissioner Chung, who was the chief prosecutor of the 1st Criminal Division of the Seoul Central District Prosecutor's Office, was charged with assaulting a minister who was a researcher at the Judicial Research and Training Institute at the time.

Commissioner Jeong tried to confiscate a minister's mobile phone SIM chip, which was involved in the so-called 'Channel A case', which was under investigation by the prosecution, and Commissioner Chung denied the allegation, saying that he only prevented Minister Han from trying to remove evidence from the phone. I did.

The first trial sentenced Chung to 4 months in prison, 1 year probation, and 1 year suspension of qualifications after admitting that Commissioner Jeong had assaulted a minister.

However, saying that it is difficult to see that Minister Han was injured, he acknowledged the charge of self-directed assault under the Criminal Act, not the charge of self-directed assault under the Act on the Aggravated Punishment of Specific Crimes, and judged the crime of injury innocent.

On the other hand, the second trial accepted Commissioner Jeong's argument that there was no intention to assault and acquitted him.

Minister Han was later investigated by the prosecution in relation to the Channel A case, but was acquitted.

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