A Seoul court will hold a hearing this week to decide whether to issue an arrest warrant sought by prosecutors for a lawmaker accused of corruption, court officials said Monday.
The court action on Rep. Kweon Seong-dong of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party came 46 days after the prosecution applied for the arrest warrant. The closure of a parliamentary session last month enabled the court to start the legal process as lawmakers are given parliamentary immunity while the National Assembly is in session.
Kweon is accused of pressuring local casino operator Kangwon Land Co. in 2013 to hire his former aide and 17 others.
The Seoul Central District Court said the lawmaker is facing charges of business obstruction, third-person bribery and abuse of power.
The hearing on the arrest warrant is slated for Wednesday morning, according to court officials. (Yonhap)