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Lee Hwa-young’s testimony in the bribery trial… “After Lee Jae-myung’s visit to North Korea, he received confirmation of his invitation to North Korea”
(Suwon = Yonhap News) Reporter Lee Young-joo =
Lee Hwa-young, former peace vice governor of Gyeonggi Province, on trial for bribery
The court statement of Grŵp Ssangbangwool’s vice chairman came out saying that the company encourages false evidence, such as giving a note saying ‘make a false statement’.
On the 24th, at the hearing of the 11th Criminal Division of the Suwon District Court (Chief Judge Shin Jin-woo), Vice Chairman Bang Yong-chul, who appeared as a witness in the 23rd trial of former vice governor Lee’s case, said to break r Act on Bribery and Political Funds under the Serious Punishment for Specific Crimes Act, “The day former Chairman Seong-tae Kim was arrested. There was a trial the next day, and Lee Hwa-young wrote a memo about it. ( to make a false statement) and gave it to me sitting next to him.”
Vice Chairman Bang was indicted on charges of giving 300 million won in bribes and political funds, including a Ssangbangwool corporate card and a car, to former Vice Governor Lee in exchange for support for projects in North Korea.
In response to the prosecutor’s question that day, “Have you ever received an offer to make a false statement from former lieutenant governor Lee until recently after the arrest of the witness?” I read it and put it back,” he said.
Regarding this, it is known that the prosecution secured the statement of the former chairman Kim that the former deputy governor Lee gave a note to the former chairman Kim with a similar purpose in the detention center.
Bang, who denied the bribery charges until the start of the case, changed his stance around January when former chairman Kim, who was fleeing abroad, was brought back to Korea, and has admitted the charges.
In response to the prosecutor’s question, “Before you admitted the crime, you and the former deputy governor had exactly the same position. What was the reason?”
Regarding the specific content of matching the statements, he explained, “Chairman Kim Seong-tae ordered us to give the double-bangul corporate card to Mr. A, an identification of Lee Hwa-young, not Lee Hwa-young.”
When Vice Chairman Bang’s statement came out, former vice governor Lee, who was sitting in the defendant’s seat, said, “Yes?”
In the court case that day, there was also evidence supporting the claim that the then governor of the Democratic Party, Lee Jae-myung, paid 3 million dollars for the cost of visiting North Korea in 2019.
The prosecutor asked, “North Korea asked for 5 million dollars, then finally asked for 3 million dollars, and Ssangbangbang gave the money, so did you decide to invite Lee Jae-myeong in early 2020, when the election is be held?”” he replied.
In the lawyer’s newspaper during the last trial, Vice Chairman Bang asked the lawyer, “Is the $5 million sent to North Korea the right amount for the North Smart Farm project that Gyeonggi Province agreed to” w give, or the down payment for economic cooperation between Ssangbangwool and North Korea?” I also made some corrections to my answer.
He said, “What I said last time (the nature of the down payment) was the thought of the chairman and me what if it was a down payment, but it is correct to pay 5 million dollars.” I paid because it was an opportunity to rise, and a company with no knowledge of North Korea cannot give me 5 million dollars as a business contract on its own.”
Vice Chairman Bang responded to Lee’s bribe payment by saying, “I expected that we would receive assistance from Lee Hwa-young, such as synergies, if sanctions against North Korea were lifted (rather than having certain business rights ).”
Former lieutenant governor Lee’s lawyer said, “I heard the prosecutor’s newspaper today, and it’s difficult to question it immediately because things are coming out for the first time.”
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