Monday, January 25, 2021

South Korea: Three Yonsei university professors face arrest over admissions bribery scandal

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The prosecution is seeking arrest warrants for three Yonsei University professors in a widening investigation into an admissions bribery scandal rocking one of the nation’s most prestigious universities.

The three ― who belong to the department of physical education ― are suspected of taking bribes from parents in return for giving illegal favors to their children in the admissions process.

Judge Yoo Chang-hoon at the Seoul Western District Court will hold a hearing on Wednesday to decide on their arrest.

The scandal surfaced last March after the Ministry of Education announced a list of suspicious professors and students after a special audit of Yonsei.

Such a scandal is not new to the school. In 2014, Lee Kwang-eun, then head coach of its baseball team, was sentenced to a suspended jail term for taking 30 million won in return for helping a student’s admission into the school.

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