Former police chief summoned in probe of illicit cyberoperations

By Yonhap
  • Published : Sept 4, 2018 - 15:01
  • Updated : Sept 4, 2018 - 15:01

Police said Tuesday they have summoned former National Police Agency chief Cho Hyun-oh as part of a probe into suspicions that he spearheaded massive cyberoperations for the conservative government of the early 2010s.

Cho was ordered to appear for questioning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. He served as the commissioner-general from 2010-12. 

This file photo of former police chief Cho Hyun-oh was taken Aug. 3, 2015. (Yonhap)

The 63-year-old is accused of abusing his power and instructing the agency to launch online maneuvers aimed at swaying public opinion in favor of the Lee Myung-bak government and his policies.

The police agency's cybercommand allegedly had its own officers to write more than 40,000 Internet comments supporting the government. The cyberteam is also accused of ferreting out those who posted any negative comments about the Lee government.

Some ex-ranking police officers under Cho's leadership have been investigated, although a court has denied a police request for arrest warrants for them on charges of abuse of power and violation of telecommunications law. (Yonhap)