Former National Assembly Speaker Park Hee-tae reportedly pleaded guilty to charges that he ordered his aide to give money to a lawmaker before a ruling party leadership election.
Park resigned in February after lawmaker Koh Seung-duk alleged that Park’s secretary left an envelope containing 3 million won in his office, possibly seeking his vote for Park in an election to choose the chair of the then-Grand National Party in 2008.
He and two aides were indicted in the same month for violation of the law on political parties.
Park sent a letter of opinion to a court admitting to all charges, his legal representative Kim Tae-young was quoted as saying by a newspaper on Friday. He wants to conclude the case as early as possible, the lawyer said.
The first court hearing is scheduled for Monday.
It was the first time a legislative chief stepped down over a money-related scandal.
By Yoon Min-sik (firstname.lastname@example.org