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South Korea spy agency raided over poll scandal

AFP-JIJI

South Korean prosecutors raided the country’s spy agency Tuesday as part of a probe into allegations that it meddled in the nation’s December presidential election, a news report said.

A team of 25 prosecutors and investigators from the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office seized digital files and documents from the National Intelligence Service in the capital, the Yonhap news agency reported.

The agency’s anti-North Korea psychological warfare team allegedly posted a slew of politically sensitive comments on the Internet against the opposition candidate to influence public opinion ahead of the December poll.

The raid follows the questioning of former NIS Director Won Sei Hoon on Monday in connection with the case. For 14 hours, Won was grilled over whether he ordered NIS agents to post politically sensitive remarks on the Internet against the opposition candidate, Yonhap said.

Won reportedly denied the charges against him, claiming that the agency’s anti-North Korea team was doing its job in countering Pyongyang’s attempts to influence the election results.

Won is suspected of attempting to influence voter sentiment in favor of Park Geun Hye, who narrowly defeated rival Moon Jae In.

Police wrapped up their four-month probe in March, accusing two NIS agents of taking part in the illegal activities and handing the case to prosecutors.