SEOUL - He has just hinted that he would make a bid for the presidency of South Korea, but Ban Ki-moon is already under heavy fire in the Asian country.
Ban is one of the leading candidates to succeed Park Geun-hye. To the South Korean president is under investigation, partly because they managed to understand a mysterious girlfriend secret government documents, and let her manage several foundations where to have paid millions in public money.
The current Secretary-General of the United Nations, a native South Korean, is seen as a 'spotless' candidate in the oriental country where corruption is rampant. But that intact blazon is little more now about Korean media have reported a bribe transaction.
Ban would in 2000 have adopted some 220. 000 of a real estate tycoon in his country, at the time when he was still Foreign Minister. The 'generous donor' Park Yeon-cha, that period was already in the middle of a corruption scandal that extended to family members and close friends of former President Roh Moo-hyun.
Several sources have stated that Park Yeon-cha has admitted then a paper bag with nearly two tons have handed over to euros at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hannam-dong, in the south of capital Seoul, when Ban since held sway.
Years later, in 2007, was also an owner of a restaurant in New York asked more than 20 000 euros to hand over to Ban. Which lived in the Big Apple for his work for the UN and regularly came into the conscious tavern.\n \n \n advertisement
Ban has already strongly denied all allegations in a press release and called 'completely false and baseless.' He demands an apology from the media that brought the story.
Yet many South Koreans seem not impressed by the threats of their fellow countryman and possibly upcoming new leader. 'Where there's smoke, there's fire,' said one of them without a trace of doubt. 'There will fix something happened. Which unfortunately is not surprising in a country where corruption is the order of the day. '
To get the hint of corruption as far as possible away from him, have some politicians from the ruling saenuri party, except where Park Ban also been attached, split off.
Ban would, if he joins for Reform in the New Conservative Party, even more can start with a clean slate. The smaller People's Party Ban'd indicated record.