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President's Son Denies Influence Peddling

June 29, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The youngest son of South Korean President Kim Dae Jung appeared in court and admitted receiving stocks and money from businessmen but denied that he peddled influence.

Kim Hong Gul, 39, was indicted this month on charges of receiving $2.8 million from Choi Kyu Sun, a lobbyist under arrest on bribery charges. Choi allegedly bribed the younger Kim to help a lottery operator, Tiger Pools Korea, win a sports lottery license in early 2001.

The president's government has been tainted by a series of corruption scandals. He has not been implicated.

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