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Cheong Wa Dae Accused Of Destroying Corruption Scandal Evidence

By March 16, 2017 at 7:59 am
Cheong Wa Dae is accused of destroying evidence (Photo : Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Cheong Wa Dae is being accused of "systemically" destroying evidence on the corruption scandal involving former President Park Geun-Hye. This comes after the court has upheld Park's impeachment.

Rep. Back Hye-Ryun of the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) said that the office of the president bought 26 paper shredders between September and February. This data was retrieved from the Public Procurement Service.

The lawmaker described the purchase as "unusual." This is because Cheong Wa Dae has not bought any shredders six months prior to the exposure of the corruption scandal.

On Sep. 27, the office bought two shredders. This is a week after the media reported about how Park's friend and advisor, Choi Soon-sil, who is a central figure in the corruption scandal, was the one behind the establishment of the K-Sports Foundation.

It is suspected that Choi pursued her own interest through the foundation. She and Park purportedly extorted a large sum of money from leading companies.

Cheong Wa Dae also purchased six shredders on Oct. 25. This came a day after JTBC, cable TV network, reported the discovery of Choi's tablet which included confidential presidential documents.

On Nov. 7, the office bought shredders again. This time it purchased six devices after the arrest of Choi. It bought six more on Jan. 11 when an investigation was conducted by an independent counsel on the high-profile scandal.

The last six shredders were purchased on Feb. 2, a day before the team conducting the investigation tried to search Cheong Wa Dae. During that time, the search attempt was blocked by the presidential office.

"The intensive buying of shredders shows Cheong Wa Dae systematically attempted to destroy evidence," Rep. Back said. "It is a grave offense. The problem is the presidential office can continue to destroy evidence even now."

DPK spokeswoman Rep. Park Kyung-mee also said that the presidential office is destroying not only evidence but presidential records. The issue is believed to be one of the topics for discussion during Park's questioning scheduled for Tuesday.

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