President Moon Jae-in has promoted Yoon Seok-youl to the new chief of the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office.
Yoon, a prosecutor at the Daejeon District Prosecutors’ Office, will replace Lee Young-ryeol who recently offered to resign over his involvement in a corruption case in which he and Ahn Tae-geun, director of the criminal affairs bureau of the Justice Ministry, are said to have given money to each other’s subordinates at a dinner last month.
President Moon named Park Kyun-taek, the head of the criminal department at the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office, as Ahn’s replacement.
Despite their intentions to step down, Lee and Ahn have been transferred to the district prosecutors' offices in Daegu and Busan. A presidential official said earlier that their resignations will not be accepted as long as they face investigations.
Yoon served as the chief of the unit investigating allegations that the National Intelligence Service(NIS) launched a smear campaign during the 2012 presidential election. He was demoted to the head of the Yeoju branch of the Suwon District Prosecutors’ Office after a conflict with the government. But last year, he was tapped as a senior member of a special prosecutor’s team probing the influence-peddling scandal involving former President Park Guen-hye’s longtime confidant Choi Soon-sil.