A former labor minister was arraigned on Wednesday over whether he should be arrested for his alleged role in an anti-labor union scheme led by the state spy agency under the former conservative Lee Myung-bak government.
Lee Chae-pil, who served as labor minister from 2011-13, is suspected of involvement in the National Intelligence Service's scheme to establish a third labor umbrella group in 2011 to counter the traditional union groups, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions and the Federation of Korean Trade Unions.
He was allegedly provided with funding from the NIS, and he delivered the money to the third labor group. Prosecutors requested an arrest warrant for Lee on Monday on charges of causing losses to state funds.
Lee denied any wrongdoing when he appeared at a prosecutors' office for questioning last week. (Yonhap)