The Questions In Seoul Are Only Getting TougherLaxmi Nakarmi and Steven Brull
The moment of truth is approaching in the biggest bribery scandal to hit South Korea since its founding. Scrappy public prosecutor Ahn Kang-Min has jailed former President Roh Tae Woo for amassing a $650 million slush fund and has questioned 36 corporate chieftains about their "contributions" to him. By Dec. 5, Ahn must decide whether to bring Roh to public trial, a move that could force the arrest of business leaders and bring new pressures on Korea's ruling party. If Ahn backs down, an outraged public will conclude that he is merely a puppet of President Kim Young Sam.
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