SEOUL-- Prosecutors on Monday indicted two former senior members of the minor opposition People's Party without detention over a fabricated tipoff about President Moon Jae-in's son used during the May election.
Wrapping up its one-month probe, the prosecution concluded the party's leaders, including co-founder and presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-soo, were not involved in the scandal that has thrust the centrist party into its worst crisis yet just a little more than a year after its launch.
The Seoul Southern District Prosecutors' Office charged Kim Seong-ho and Kim In-won, who were in the election panel of the People's Party, with violations of election law for disclosing false information during the presidential campaign.
They are accused of overlooking proper fact-checking over a tipoff relayed by its party campaigner in the run-up to the presidential election. It alleged a back door hiring of Moon Joon-yong by a public agency in 2006.
The campaigner, Lee You-mi, has been indicted and detained in violation of the election law. The prosecution has also indicted Lee Joon-seo, a former senior party member, on charges of neglecting verification of the tipoff and pushing ahead with the disclosure of the disinformation.
Source: Yonhap News Agency