Last year, the Seongnam branch investigation team tried to request data from the Financial Intelligence Service over suspicions of sponsorship between Naver and other companies in Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, and Seongnam FC, a professional soccer team, but the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office turned out to be a refusal. However, as a result of our coverage, it was confirmed that Prosecutor General Kim Oh-soo gave the order to reject it directly to the head of the Seongnam Branch.
Reporter Hong Young-jae was the sole reporter.
Last year, the Seongnam Branch of the Suwon District Prosecutor’s Office conducted its own investigation separately from the police investigation to see if Seongnam City had a preference in the process of companies donating 16 billion won to Seongnam FC.
In particular, I was looking into how Naver, which sponsored 4 billion won, did not directly donate to Seongnam FC, but did so through a corporation.
The prosecution’s investigation team led by Deputy Prosecutor Ha-young Park, who recently resigned, decided to request financial data related to Naver donations from the Financial Intelligence Unit FIU in July of last year.
The Supreme Prosecutor’s Office refused, saying there was a procedural problem, but as a result of SBS coverage, it was confirmed that Prosecutor General Kim Oh-soo called Park Eun-jung, head of the Seongnam Branch, and gave the order directly.
The Supreme Prosecutor’s Office explained, “In order to comply with due process, the Prosecutor General’s right to exercise investigation command over the front-line agencies is a natural exercise of command and responsibility that must be fulfilled.”
However, a prosecution official said, “A request for financial data is a practical matter that is not normally reported to the president.”
The issue of analyzing the flow of donations was at the heart of the disagreement between Mayor Park and Deputy Prosecutor Park in the Seongnam Branch.
Deputy Prosecutor Park Eun-jung explained, “There is a difference of opinion with the investigation team, so while I was preparing to report to the Suwon District Prosecutor’s Office by writing down the opinions of myself and the investigation team as it is, Deputy Prosecutor Park resigned.”
(Video editing: Kim Kyung-yeon)