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Former senior NIS official probed over surveillance allegations

Prosecutors on Sunday questioned a former deputy director of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) allegedly involved in the spy agency's illegal surveillance of officials and civilians.

Choi Yun-su, who was in charge of information gathering of domestic affairs between February 2016 and June 2017, appeared at the Seoul Central District Court in the morning.

Choi Yun-su (Yonhap)
Choi Yun-su (Yonhap)

He was the supervisor of Choo Myeong-ho, who was arrested on Nov. 3 for illegally spying on public servants, activists and celebrities deemed critical of the conservative government of then-President Park Geun-hye, who was ousted in March for corruption.

Choo allegedly reported his team's secretive operations to Woo Byeong-woo, then presidential secretary for civil affairs.

Choi, a former senior prosecutor, is suspected of involvement of surveillance activities, including their monitoring of a special investigator who was probing Woo over allegations of abuse of power.

The prosecution plans to summon Woo soon.

It is part of a series of probes into alleged government misdeeds of the past conservative administrations, which the opposition parties label "political retribution." (Yonhap)