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K-pop scandal spills into South Korea's political arena

Presidential probe of past affairs enrages opposition

Seungri, a member of South Korean K-pop band Big Bang, arrives for questioning in a sex bribery case at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency on March 14.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korea's opposition parties are criticizing President Moon Jae-in for expanding the investigation of a scandal in the entertainment industry to include a past sex scandal involving a senior official in his predecessor's administration.

The alleged corruption involving a K-pop star has rocked the country, and a public petition has prompted Moon to order a crackdown. But he also called for the re-opening of a sexual bribery case involving a former Justice Ministry official. This sparked an outcry from the Liberal Korea Party, the largest opposition party, which is headed by the former boss of the disgraced official.

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