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Korean consul resigns over affairs with Shanghai woman

A former South Korean consul in Shanghai was accused of issuing visa illegally to his Shanghai mistress, the Korean Yonhap News reported yesterday.

The official, identified as "H" in the story, has resigned his job but was not punished for what he had done. The South Korea Ministry of Justice was accused of covering up the scandal, said the news agency.

The ministry said H, who is married, had "improper relationship" with a Shanghai woman when he was working as a visa officer at the South Korean Consulate General in Shanghai.

The ministry's investigation indicated that the woman was the wife of a South Korean citizen and she had already had a family visa. Last September, H still issued her a tourist visa valid for one year.

H was called back to South Korea last November to cooperate with the ministry's investigation. The ministry accepted his resignation recently, Yonhap reported.

The report also said H had other illegal acts, but the ministry denied the accusation. The ministry's attitude was criticized as covering up possible "mistakes in work" caused by H's illegal acts.

Shanghai Daily called the consulate in Shanghai yesterday to confirm the issue, but received no reply.


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