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Prosecutors drop charges against justice minister in special favors probe

15:29 September 28, 2020

SEOUL, Sept. 28 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors on Monday dropped charges against Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae and her son, who have been suspected of gaining special favors during the latter's military service in 2017.

The Seoul Eastern District Prosecutors Office said it withdrew the charges against Choo, her 27-year-old son surnamed Seo, a former aide to Choo or a former military official assigned to Seo's base at the time.

Choo came under fire amid allegations that she used her influence as the then chairwoman of the ruling Democratic Party to extend her son's medical leave after he underwent knee surgery in June 2017.

Seo did his mandatory military service in the Korean Augmentation to the United States Army (KATUSA) for the 2nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Eighth Army.

This photo shows Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae at the National Assembly in Seoul on Sept. 24, 2020. (Yonhap)

hague@yna.co.kr
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