Justice Minister Park Beom-gye ordered the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office on the 5th to “actively deal with the illegal acts of real estate speculators and the crimes of corruption of the people involved.” Minister Park ordered this day, saying, “As the act of pursuing private interests using internal information is a serious crime of corruption that undermines public trust in government policies, there is a need for all ministries to cooperate and respond strictly.”
Minister Park’s order came out amid growing suspicions of speculation in the 3rd new towns, including Gwangmyeong and Siheung districts, by employees of the Korea Land and Housing Corporation (LH). Earlier, President Moon Jae-in instructed on the 3rd to “completely conduct a thorough investigation of land transactions on the workers and families of new housing development related departments of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and related public institutions such as LH, targeting the entire 3rd new town.” Accordingly, under the direction of Prime Minister Jeong Sye-gyun, a joint investigation team with the participation of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the Ministry of Public Administration and Security, the National Police Agency, Gyeonggi-do, and Incheon City has been formed, and a total investigation is underway on the entire 3rd new town and large-scale residential sites such as Gwacheon and Ansan.
Investigation of alleged speculation of LH, full noodles, prosecution only prosecution
The prosecution was also aware of the case through accusations or media reports from civic groups, but it is still silent. What the Minister Park ordered the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office was: ▶Appoint a prosecutor in charge of real estate speculation at each district prosecutor’s office.▶Promptly review the police’s warrant application and handle the case of repatriation strictly. This means that if the police investigate and turn the case over, the prosecution and trial should be well completed.
In this regard, the National Police Agency’s National Investigation Headquarters (guksubon) designated the case under investigation by the Gyeonggi Southern Police Agency as a “concentrated commanding case of the Gyeonggi Province”. It was decided to organize a’special squad for speculation masters’.
The prosecution came to the suspicion of speculation in the first and second new cities
At the time of the 1st and 2nd new town development, the prosecution started from the beginning. It declared a’war against real estate speculation masters’ and established a joint investigation headquarters to conduct a large-scale investigation. It has also achieved results by using prior information to directly participate in speculation or to uncover a number of public officials who were in close contact with the speculative forces. When the first new town (1989) was created during the Roh Tae-woo administration, investigations began in 1990 and 131 civil servants were arrested on charges of accepting money and goods and forgery of documents. It was similar when the second new town (2003) was created during the Roh Moo-hyun administration. In 2005, the prosecutors who set up a joint copy found 27 public officials involved in corruption, including providing information to professional speculators or issuing false farmland acquisition qualifications.
Inside and outside the dynasty, there is also an opinion that “speculation is one of the six major crimes…
Accordingly, inside and outside the prosecution, there is a saying that “the prosecution must also engage in a direct investigation as it is one of the six major crimes (corruption, economy, public officials, election, defense business, and major disaster) for which the prosecution’s direct investigation rights remain.” An official from the legal profession said, “There is a limit to the self-investigation of the administration such as the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport,” and “In the meantime, it only provides time for the destruction of evidence.” The prosecution’s investigation is inevitable in order to secure objective physical evidence that employs compulsory means such as extensive investigation of former public officials or LH employees, account tracking and seizure search.
In the legal world, some point out that the situation is awkward even for the prosecution to initiate a large-scale investigation while the passport is pursuing complete deprivation of the prosecution’s right to investigate. A lawyer said, “I am worried that I will be strictly dealing with until the election, but after the election is over, I am worried that it will not be overlooked when the election is over,” and said, “The direction of the adjustment of the investigative power that has already been implemented and the discussion of further reorganization that the passport attempts in the future depend on this case. “I looked out.
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