South Korea raids former dictator's compound

AP News
Posted: Jul 17, 2013 7:07 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors have staged two days of raids on properties associated with ex-dictator Chun Doo-hwan as part of efforts to collect money he owes the country, officials said Wednesday.

Chun was ordered in the 1990s to pay back a huge slush fund officials say he amassed during his corrupt 1980s rule. Chun has paid a portion but now insists he's broke and can't pay the 167.5 billion won ($143.5 million) he owes.

Prosecutors wouldn't disclose details of this week's property seizures.

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported that officials loaded vans with paintings and personal documents.

Yonhap says that officials raided 12 houses linked to Chun's relatives and a company affiliated with a business owned by his eldest son.

Chun seized power in a 1979 army coup and ruled until 1988.