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High court confirms 2-year sentence for ex-environment Minister in power abuse case

High court confirms 2-year sentence for ex-environment Minister in power abuse case

Former Environment Minister Kim Eun-kyung (C) arrives at the Seoul Central District Court on Feb. 9, 2021, to attend a sentencing hearing over alleged abuse of power. The court sentenced her to two years and six months for abusing her authority while in office by forcing chiefs of ministry-affiliated organizations to resign if they were not supportive of the incumbent administration. (Yonhap)
Former Environment Minister Kim Eun-kyung (C) arrives at the Seoul Central District Court on Feb. 9, 2021, to attend a sentencing hearing over alleged abuse of power. The court sentenced her to two years and six months for abusing her authority while in office by forcing chiefs of ministry-affiliated organizations to resign if they were not supportive of the incumbent administration. (Yonhap)

Kim Eun-kyung (C), former Environment Minister, arrives at Seoul Central District Court on February 9, 2021 to attend a sentencing hearing regarding alleged abuses 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 in support 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 indicted for forcing 13 environmental ministry-affiliated public officials to resign their seats 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 minister blacklist”. The top court sentenced Kim, the first minister of the Moon government, to a term in prison. (Yonhap)

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