South Korea lobbyist charged with lying to investigators in oil-for-food scandal

South Korea lobbyist charged with lying to investigators in oil-for-food scandal

[JURIST] A federal grand jury has handed up another indictment against South Korean lobbyist Tongsun Park [Washington Post profile], charging him Wednesday with lying to the FBI about his role in the adoption of the 1995 UN Security Council Resolution 986 [PDF text], which established the now-defunct Iraqi Oil-for-Food Program [UN materials; JURIST news archive]. The one-sentence indictment accuses Park of making false statements to investigators in 2004 denying his participation in the adoption of the program, and also of falsely telling investigators that he had never exchanged money with an unidentified UN official.

In March 2005, Park was charged in a criminal complaint [text, PDF; JURIST report] with conspiracy to act as an unregistered government agent for Saddam Hussein. Park was indicted [JURIST report] last January on charges of money laundering and accepting money from the Iraqi government to influence the oil-for-food program. Park has pleaded not guilty to all charges. His trial is scheduled to begin at the end of the month, and he could face 12 years in prison if convicted. In the 1970s, Park was indicted but never convicted for improperly influencing Congress in the Koreagate scandal [Wikipedia backgrounder]. During pre-trial hearings earlier this month, the prosecution moved to admit into evidence [AP report] portions of Park's testimony from the Koreagate investigation. AP has more.