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South Korean prosecutors seek arrest of ex-minister's wife

A rite is performed at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Oct. 15, 2019, to make an offering of rice to be used in the great thanksgiving ceremony in November. (Kyodo)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Prosecutors are seeking to arrest the wife of South Korea's former justice minister, who resigned last week amid allegations of financial crimes and academic fraud surrounding his family that sparked huge protests and dented the popularity of President Moon Jae-in.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Monday said it requested an arrest warrant for Chung Kyung-shim over her suspected involvement in dubious private equity investments, attempts to destroy evidence, and creating fake credentials to help her daughter get into medical school.

Officials from a Seoul court that's reviewing the request didn't immediately return calls.

Chung and her husband Cho Kuk deny wrongdoing. The former justice minister said last week he was stepping down to reduce the political burden of Moon, whose approval ratings have dipped.

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