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Ex-vice justice minister arrested for bribery in S. Korea

AFP  |  Seoul 

A former South Korean vice has been arrested on allegations of bribery, including being provided with prostitutes by a

is a former who briefly served as the number two at the justice ministry in 2013, during the administration of ousted former

He is accused of accepting bribes worth 130 million won ($110,000) and sexual entertainment on more than 100 occasions from

Kim was taken into custody late Thursday after the granted an arrest warrant, citing the possibility of "fleeing and tampering with evidence", according to South's Yonhap agency.

The scandal surrounding Kim has become notorious in the South, particular due to the sexual element.

He is also accused of receiving bribes worth 40 million won from another

Kim was appointed by Park in March 2013, but resigned a week later in a storm of controversy.

He was investigated on allegations including rape and but was cleared due to lack of evidence.

Prosecutors launched a new inquiry earlier this year and Kim was stopped at in March as he sought to fly to with his face covered with a cap and mask, raising suspicions he was trying to flee.

Kim has denied the allegations.

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 10:01 IST