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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

SEOUL, Jan. 27, (Yonhap), — A former environment minister of Moon Jae-in administration was sentenced to two years imprisonment for abusing her ministerial power in order to force high ranking officials from the previous administration 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 opponents have criticized the case, which was revealed by a former Cheong Wa Dae official in 2018 and known as the “environment ministry blacklist.” The top court sentenced Kim, the first minister of the Moon government, to a term in prison.

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