‘Assembly Speaker Moon breached anti-graft law’

By Kim Yoo-chul
National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang

National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang is one of 38 Assemblymen who may face a probe for breaching the anti-graft law, sources said Wednesday.

The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission released the results of independent investigations of lawmakers who are suspected of breaching the law since it went into effect in September 2016.

The commission said 38 lawmakers are believed to have broken the law but it didn’t publicize names of lawmakers it listed as “suspects,” citing the sensitivity of the issue.

Assembly Speaker Moon received financial assistance from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for his three-day trip to Vietnam with three other lawmakers last year. The amount of financial assistance from KOICA was 16 million won ($14,266).

The Anti-Corruption and Bribery Prohibition Law, more commonly known as the Kim Young-ran act, directly affects public servants, lawmakers, teachers and journalists, along with their spouses. Put simply, the Act boils down to the “3-10-10” rule; only 30,000 won can be spent on treating someone to dinner, 100,000 won on gifts, and 100,000 won as congratulatory or condolence money at weddings or funerals.

“Speaker Moon, who was then a member of the foreign policy committee in the National Assembly at the time of his trip, didn’t pay anything himself for round-trip flight tickets, meals, accommodation and other costs as these were entirely covered by KOICA, an affiliate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” a source said.

Moon’s office said; “Based on documents that the commission obtained, all expenses related to the trip are included and the commission claimed it’s likely that the speaker breached the law.”

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