Lee Jae-myeong, the head of the Democratic Party of Korea, argued two days before the prosecution’s investigation in the case of the “privilege development of apartments in Baekhyeon-dong”, “The change of use in Baekhyeon-dong was made according to the instructions of then President Park Geun-hye, but the prosecution manipulated that it gave preferential treatment to private contractors.” Representative Lee posted a summary of the statement submitted to the prosecution on his Facebook page on the afternoon of the 15th and said, “I have not taken a penny for personal gain, and I have no shame at all, so I will stand up to the summons.”
In a five-page document titled “Prosecutor’s Statement (Summary),” CEO Lee said, “(Baekhyeon-dong’s change of use is not due to lobbying by private business owners, but the former President Park Geun-hye’s order to change the use, the request of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Food Research Institute, a national institution, and the fulfillment of state affairs. because,” he claimed. At the same time, he said, “The prosecution manipulated that it gave preferential treatment to private contractors.”
Representative Lee said that in 2013-2014, former President Park ordered and demanded the change of use three times and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport five times. It was only (was)” he said. He is repeating his past assertion that “The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport threatened to take issue with dereliction of duty if the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport did not (change the use of Baekhyeon-dong).” Representative Lee made such false remarks in the 2021 state audit and was indicted in September last year on charges of publishing false facts (violation of the election law). According to the indictment, when the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport sent an official letter asking whether the request for cooperation from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport is an obligation under the Innovation City Act, Seongnam City said, “It is not a request under the Innovation City Act, and Seongnam City should judge the change of use of Baekhyeon-dong as hostile.” he replied.
The development of Baekhyeon-dong is a 먹튀검증project to build apartments on the site of the former Korea Food Research Institute in Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si. After the project operator recruited Mr. Kim In-seop (arrest indictment), former head of Seongnam mayoral election campaign for CEO Lee Jae-myung, Seongnam City increased the use of the site by 4 steps, enabling the construction of apartments. The Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office’s Anti-Corruption Investigation Division 1 (Director Eom Hee-joon) believes that Kim In-seop asked CEO Lee Jae-myeong and Jeong Jin-sang (former Seongnam City Policy Director) to change the use of the site so that they could build apartments. In addition, Jeong Mo, CEO of Asia Developer, a private operator of Baekhyeon-dong development, testified in court on the 18th of last month that “I thought that half of the 20 billion won requested by lobbyists in exchange for business licenses and mediation was for CEO Lee Jae-myung and Jeong Jin-sang.” . However, CEO Lee did not reveal his position on the testimony of CEO Jeong Mo that there was lobbying in the approval process.
At the same time, Representative Lee prayed to his party members, “Please inform us of the incompetence of the political prosecution.” Representative Lee said, “The prosecution summoned me again by mentioning ‘Baek Hyeon-dong’. It is already the fourth time,” he said, “by making me a sacrifice to hide the incompetence of the regime and avoid the crisis of public sentiment.” He said, “Even the current government’s auditors have not found any problems, but whether or not they are acquitted later, we will enforce ‘don’t ask prosecution’ on the show requesting an arrest warrant,” he said. Representative Lee will appear before the prosecution on the 17th.