Wanted in South Korea

Prosecutors said Wednesday they put a nephew of former President Roh Moon-hyun on the wanted list on charges of receiving kickbacks from a cleaning company in return for a business favor.

The 52-year-old man, only known by his surname Jeon, is suspected of taking 200 million won (177,367 US dollars) from an unidentified janitorial company.

The transaction was alledgedly made for a service contract with the city of Gimhae, near Busan, last year, according to the prosecutors’ office in Changwon, about 300 kms southeast of Seoul.

Jeon, a son of Roh’s elder sister, allegedly returned 150 million won to the company when it was eliminated from the bidding, they said.

They added the rest was swindled.

Roh, who served as president from 2003 to 2008, killed himself in 2009 amid a widening corruption probe involving his family.

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