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Judiciary draws flak over 'clemency' for ex-tycoon

SEOUL/GWANGJU, March 27 (Yonhap) -- The nation's judicial branch has come under harsh criticism over a controversial court ruling that allowed a convicted property developer to pay off a 25.4 billion won (US$23.66 million) fine with just 50 days of prison labor. The controversy began in 2010 when a district court in the southwestern city of Gwangju gave Huh Jae-ho, the former chairman of now-bankrupt Daeju Group, an option of working off the fine for embezzlement and tax evasion through prison labor.

Former No. 2 tax official arrested on suspicion of bribery

SEOUL, July 27 (Yonhap) -- A former No. 2 government tax official was detained Saturday on suspicion that he took bribes from the beleaguered CJ Group. The Seoul Central District Court issued an arrest warrant sought by state prosecutors against Heo Byung-yik, a former deputy commissioner at the National Tax Service. Heo is suspected of pocketing US$300,000 in U.S. bills from the food and entertainment conglomerate while he was in office in late 2006.

Celebrities take risk to promote Dokdo

Not a year has passed without Japan making provocative claims to Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo. This has always stirred angry reactions from many Korean celebrities, some of whom kicked off campaigns of their own to promote this country’s sovereignty over the islands by taking advantage of their international popularity.The latest provocation from Japan took place last week when it endorsed the release of new high school textbooks that claim Dokdo is Japan’s.
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