Minister of Culture and Others Accused of Lying to National Assembly

Minister of Culture and Others Accused of Lying to National Assembly

SEOUL, Jan. 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's parliamentary committee looking into the influence-peddling scandal surrounding President Park Geun-hye and her confidante Choi Soon-sil on Tuesday accused the incumbent and former cultural ministers of perjury during hearing sessions.

   The committee decided to accuse Cultural Minister Cho Yoon-sun and former minister Kim Jong-deok, as well as an ex-deputy minister, for delivering false testimonies during the hearings.

   The parliament said Cho lied before the National Assembly by claiming she was not aware of the "blacklist" of cultural figures who are deemed critical of the government.

   The independent counsel looking into the alleged corruption of Park and Choi, however, reportedly secured evidence that indicates Cho was involved in the creation of the blacklist.

   The committee had hosted several hearings at the parliament, summoning key witnesses from business tycoons to key acquaintances of Choi.

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