1 Dec 2012

Resignation of chief prosecutor

9:58 am on 1 December 2012

South Korea's chief prosecutor has resigned over a series of corruption scandals in the prosecution service.

The BBC reports Han Sang-dae made a public apology, although he has not been implicated in any of the cases.

In one case an official has been charged with receiving more than $US800,000 (£499,000) in bribes. Another prosecutor is accused of offering a suspect leniency in exchange for sex.

Mr Han's attempts at reform were reportedly opposed by his staff.

Announcing his resignation, Mr Han bowed and said:

"I sincerely apologise to the people for causing such a shock and disappointing them with such embarrassing incidents."

The BBC says he had been in office for just over a year. No replacement has yet been named.

A presidential election is due to be held in South Korea on 19 December.