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Fmr. S. Korean Supreme Court Chief indicted on 47 charges Updated: 2019-02-12 06:55:30 KST

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office handed over former Supreme Court Chief Justice Yang Sung-tae to the court on Monday.

He's facing 47 charges, including interfering in highly sensitive trials, like the ones related to Japan's use of Korean forced labor during World War II, to achieve his long-envisioned plan of establishing a separate court of appeals, and creating a blacklist of judges who opposed his plan.

He's also accused of illegally securing records of judges' deliberations at the Constitutional Court of Korea, an independent high court that rules on constitutional issues.
The prosecutors suspect that Yang used those records to prevent them from ruling contrary to Supreme Court precedent.
Yang is also accused of creating slush funds during his tenure.

By the end of this month, prosecutors plan to carry out additional investigations to indict other former and sitting judges involved in the power abuse scandal during Yang's leadership of the judiciary, which should wrap up their eight-month probe.

Two other former Supreme Court justices, Park Byeong-dae and Ko Yeong-han have been indicted as Yang's accomplices.
They face 33 and 18 charges, respectively.

Choi Si-young, Arirang News.
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