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South Korea Indicts 63 in Defense Procurement Probe

  • Associated Press

FILE - South Korea's navy ships are anchored near the Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea.

FILE - South Korea's navy ships are anchored near the Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea.

South Korean prosecutors have indicted dozens of people, including two former navy chiefs of staff, over their investigation into alleged corruption associated with numerous defense procurement projects.

Senior prosecutor Kim Ki-dong said Wednesday that 63 people face charges of accepting bribes, fabricating official documents or leaking military secrets.

The indicted include 10 incumbent or former military generals, a former vice minister, businessmen and brokers.

Kim said at a news conference that the accused were involved in projects to supply the military with body armor, rifles and various equipment loaded at navy ships.

A joint government investigative team has been probing defense procurement projects since November.

Kim said the lack of an effective supervising system on defense procurement projects was blamed for the alleged corruption.

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