Wife of ex-Minister of Justice suspended for a month in prison for treatment

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SEOUL, Oct. 4 (Yonhap) — Prosecutors on Tuesday decided to temporarily release the wife of former justice minister Cho Kuk from jail for a month to allow her to receive medical treatment for mental health issues. back.

Chung Kyung-sim, a former professor at Dongyang University, is serving sentence she received from the Supreme Court in January, including for forging a presidential citation from her university and obtaining a fake internship certificate to use for admission of her daughter to a doctor’s office. school in 2013.

The charges against her also included financial misconduct in violation of the Financial Investment Services and Capital Markets Act.

After holding a meeting of its suspended sentence review committee on Tuesday, the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office decided to grant Chung’s request and suspend his imprisonment for one month.

Prosecutors initially denied a stay request filed by Chung in early August, saying she needed urgent medical surgery for injuries she sustained from multiple falls inside the prison, including a disc rupture. Chung filed another suspension request last month.

The couple are currently on trial for another school fraud case involving their son.

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