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S. Korea lawmaker gets jail term for election law violation
S. Korea lawmaker gets jail term for election law violation

KOREA, Jan 26 (TIWN): An appellate court on Wednesday upheld a suspended jail term for independent lawmaker Lee Sang-jik charged with election law violations, a sentence heavy enough to cost him his National Assembly seat if confirmed by the South Korea Supreme Court.

The Gwangju High Court confirmed a lower court’s 16-month prison term suspended for two years for Lee, formerly affiliated with the ruling Democratic Party, on several counts of Public Official Election Act violations, Yonhap news agency reported.

Lee was charged with shipping traditional liquor and books worth 26 million won ($21,711) as gifts to 377 voters in his constituency in Jeonju, 240 kms south of Seoul, on three occasions in 2019. He was also accused of sending text messages to party members in an attempt to influence the party primaries for the 2020 parliamentary elections in his favor.

He won his second parliamentary seat for Jeonju on the party’s ticket in the election in April 2020 but left the party about five months later amid suspicions of embezzlement and other misdeeds involving Eastar Jet Co., which he founded.

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