South Korea raids former dictator's compound

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Associated Press

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 4:03 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors have staged two days of raids on properties associated with ex-dictator Chun Doo-hwan.

Officials said Wednesday that the property seizures are part of an attempt to collect the 167.5 billion won ($143.5 million) the former president owes the country.

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.

Prosecutors wouldn't disclose details.

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.

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