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Ex-environment minister sentenced to 2-years in prison by top court in power abuse case

Ex-environment minister sentenced to 2-years in prison by top court in power abuse case

Kim Eunkyung (C), former Environment minister, arrives at Seoul Central District Court, February 9, 2021 for a sentencing hearing on alleged abuse of power. The court sentenced Kim Eun-kyung to two years and six monthly for abusing the power she held while in office. It ordered chiefs from ministry-affiliated groups to resign if it was not supportive of the incumbent administration. (Yonhap)

Thursday’s ruling by the Supreme Court confirmed a two year sentence for an ex-environment minister of the Moon Jaein administration. She was accused of abusing her ministerial power in order to force former officials to resign from their public posts.

Kim Eun-kyung was charged with forcing 13 executives from environment ministry-affiliated public organizations to resign between 2017-2018.

Thursday’s Supreme Court decision that Kim was guilty of some charges and sentenced her two years in prison confirmed the ruling of the appellate court.

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Moon’s critics have been critical of the case, which was disclosed by a disqualified former Cheong Wa Dae official late 2018. It is also known as “the environment ministry Blacklist”. The top court sentenced Kim, the first minister of the Moon government, to a term in prison. (Yonhap)

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