A Seoul court refused to issue an arrest warrant for a former chief of public broadcaster MBC early Friday.
Prosecutors requested the warrant to arrest Kim Jae-chul, who headed the TV network from 2010-2013, Tuesday over his alleged role in the spy agency's illicit scheme to control the media under the past Lee Myung-bak government.
The court said sufficient evidence has already been secured to prosecute him and that there is little possibility for him to flee.
He is accused of working with the National Intelligence Service to help the previous conservative administration seize control of MBC by weeding out staff and entertainers critical of the government. Kim has denied any wrongdoing. (Yonhap)