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Police raids KORAIL in bid rigging probe

PUBLISHED : August 11, 2017 - 13:47

UPDATED : August 11, 2017 - 13:47

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[THE INVESTOR] Police said on Aug. 11 that it raided the headquarters of the Korea Railroad Corp. (KORAIL) over allegations that its officials helped a textile firm win a business deal.

Investigators from the special crime unit of the National Police Agency visited the public relations department and other divisions in KORAIL’s main office in Daejeon, south of Seoul, to obtain evidence related to the allegations, according to police officials.

The police believe that some of its officials offered favors to an apparel company to win the bid to design certain garments, a deal worth some 16 billion won (US$14 million), last year.

On Aug. 10, the police carried out a search on the textile company in southern Seoul and the residences of possible suspects and secured evidence, they added.

The police will look into whether there were any illegal acts by KORAIL officials and also if there were any kickbacks offered or irregular requests made.

The police said they plan to call in the people involved for questioning when they finish analyzing the evidence.

By Alex Lee and newswires (alexlee@heraldcorp.com)

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