South Korean Minister of Law indicted on September 29 at 12:24 p.m. over allegations over extending his son’s vacation while in military service
Prosecutors have indicted Mr Chu, along with his son and other officials, over allegations that South Korea’s Minister of Law, Chu Mie, was unfairly pushing the military to extend his son’s holiday three years ago when he was the head of the ruling party.
In June 2017, when he was the head of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, South Korea’s Minister of Law Chu Mie was accused of helping the largest conservative opposition party leave the military in January 2017 after allegations surfaced that he had been unfairly pushing the military to extend his son’s vacation, which was in military service at the time, to rest for a total of 23 days.
The Seoul Eastern District Public Prosecutor’s Office, which was conducting an investigation, including hearing from his son and other officials and searching the Ministry of Defense, announced on May 28 that he had not prosecuted Mr. Chu, along with his son, because “it was judged to have been handled in accordance with appropriate procedures and it was difficult to believe that there was external pressure.”
In South Korea, there is a particularly severe focus on military service and education fraud, but public criticism has been growing since former Minister of Law Cho Guk, an aide to President Moon Jae-in, was forced to resign last October over allegations of illegal admission of children.
As a result of the investigation, it is believed that the indictment of The Minister of Law, Chu, was an immediate blow to President Moon’s administration.