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S. Korean President's Son Charged with Accepting Bribes - 2002-06-19


South Korean prosecutors have begun questioning President Kim Dae-jung's second son on allegations that he received corporate bribes in return for peddling influence.

Appearing before the media Wednesday, the second oldest of President Kim's three sons, Kim Hong-up, refused to answer questions. But he shouted "no" when asked if he accepts the bribery charges against him.

Prosecutors are investigating allegations that the former executive received $1.5 million from several companies in exchange for government favors.

The allegations against Mr. Kim come just a month after the arrest of President Kim Dae-jung's youngest son on influence-peddling and tax evasion charges. The son, Kim Hong-gul, is now awaiting trial.

The president, who must step down from office at the end of his five-year term in February, has repeatedly apologized to the nation for the scandal. Angry voters soundly defeated his ruling party last week in most local and regional elections.

The main opposition party candidate now leads opinion polls ahead of the ruling party candidate in the run up to the December presidential vote.

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