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S. Korea chief prosecutor resigns over scandals

Published on Nov 30, 2012 10:39 AM
South Korea's chief prosecutor Han Sang-Dae leaves after announcing his resignation over recent scandals at the Public Prosecutors Office in Seoul on Nov 30, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's chief prosecutor resigned today, apologising publicly for a series of "embarrassing" scandals that fuelled a top-level feud within the prosecution service.

Announcing his resignation to the media, Han Sang-Dae bowed deeply and voiced regret over recent cases that included one senior prosecutor taking bribes and another allegedly offering a suspect leniency in exchange for sex.

"I sincerely apologise to the people for causing such a shock and disappointing them with such embarrassing incidents," Mr Han said.

The scandals exacerbated a feud within the prosecution service, notably between Mr Han and a rival who headed a powerful department investigating corrupt officials, politicians and business leaders.

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