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Published : 2014-08-21 23:31
Updated : 2014-08-22 00:05

The Seoul Central District Court on Thursday rejected the prosecution's proposal to issue arrest warrants for Reps. Sin Geh-ryeun and Shin Hak-yong of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy.

Sin Geh-ryeun has been on suspicion of taking 50 million won ($49,000) in bribes, from Seoul Arts College. Shin Hak-yong was also reportedly involved in the alleged bribery.

In an earlier statement, Sin said that he “has not received kickbacks concerning the school name-change approval.” Shin, however, had said that he would respond to the summons from prosecutors.

Shin had also said, “Though my aides were investigated by the prosecution, I have not been connected to the case.”

Some political pundits claimed that the prosecution is seeking to suppress the opposition party in an alleged bid to offset its various faults in its manhunt for the sunken ferry Sewol owner Yoo Byung-eun, who was found dead on June 12.

By Kim Yon-se (kys@heraldcorp.com)