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Ex-top court chief justice Yang Sung-tae imprisoned Updated: 2019-01-24 18:04:23 KST


The ex-chief of South Korea's highest court is the first top-level official in the nation's judiciary, sitting or former, to ever be arrested and imprisoned.
In the early hours of Thursday morning, the Seoul Central District Court issued its arrest warrant for Yang Sung-tae, who was waiting for the court's decision at the Seoul Detention Center in Gyeonggi-do Province.

The 70-year old faces over 40 charges, most of which are related to "abuse of power."
Explaining his decision to issue the arrest warrant, the judge at the Seoul Central District Court said the allegations against Yang were clear and serious, and there are concerns he may destroy evidence.

Yang will now attend trial hearings from the Seoul Detention Center.
Since he was a former head of the judiciary, it's likely that he will be placed in a cell separate from other inmates as was the case with former President Park Geun-hye, also detained at the center.

Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.
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