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South Korea’s ambassador to Vietnam dismissed for breaking anti-corruption law

Updated at Friday, 07 Jun 2019, 19:04
The Hanoitimes - The diplomat was also blamed for treating embassy officials in an arrogant manner.
South Korea’s ambassador to Vietnam Kim Do-hyun has been ousted for breaking anti-graft legislation and other irregularities, according to South Korean Yonhap News Agency. 
 
South Korean Ambassador to Vietnam Kim Do-hyun. Photo: Korea Times
South Korean Ambassador to Vietnam Kim Do-hyun. Photo: Korea Times
The allegation was given to Kim following a case in which he and his family attended an opening ceremony of a golf course in Vietnam last October when they reportedly received funding for a hotel stay and airline tickets.

The dismissal is in line with “Kim Young-ran Act”, an anti-graft law that took effect in South Korea in 2016 with an aim to wipe out corruption among civil servants and those working in state agencies.

In addition, Kim is accused of treating embassy officials in an arrogant and authoritarian manner, a practice called “gapjil” in Korean.

South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs had sent the case to the Central Disciplinary Committee with a suggestion for a heavy punishment.

As a result, a panel decided to fire Kim in a meeting late last month and recently notified him of the decision.

Kim, 53, was appointed ambassador to Vietnam in April 2018 after serving as a Samsung Electronics Company executive responsible for smartphone sales in Europe. He served at the ministry from 1993 to 2012.
Linh Pham
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