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Ex-Channel A Reporter Indicted On Attempted Extortion Charges

Reporter Julie Sohn ㅣ 2020-08-05 18:29

Former Channel A reporter Lee Dong-jae leaves a Seoul court after attending his arrest warrant hearing.
Former Channel A reporter Lee Dong-jae leaves a Seoul court after attending his arrest warrant hearing.
A former Channel A news reporter has been indicted on attempted extortion charges.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office announced on Wednesday that it referred Lee Dong-jae for trial, 20 days after he was detained.

The 35-year-old Lee is accused of using his close ties with ranking prosecutor Han Dong-hoon to blackmail a jailed financier into leaking corruption allegations against Rhyu Si-min, a pro-government commentator who also serves as chairman of the Roh Moo-hyun Foundation.

The financier claimed Lee repeatedly pressed him by sharing a voice recording of a conversation between the reporter and Han, a close associate of Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl.

Lee has denied the accusation.

Meanwhile, contrary to expectations, prosecutor Han was not named as an accomplice in the indictment.

<Photo: Yonhap News>





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