CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 06, 1977
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(Studio) Federal judge in Washington, DC opens sealed indictment against Tongsun Park, charged with 36 counts in connection South Korean influence probe. Named as unindicted co-conspirator is former Representative Richard Hanna.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) 2 weeks ago in Seoul, South Korea, Park claimed innocence; in DC, fed. grand jury finishes work, resulting in indictment opened today. Details noted. Attorney General Bell says it's time to bring Park back to United States. [BELL - will ask President Carter to request Park's extradition from South Korea President Park Chung Hee.] In addition to Hanna, former KCIA director Kim Hyung Wook, who told House subcommittee in June that KCIA helped finance Park's DC operations, noted. Names of several Representatives and Senators who received money from Park appear in indictment, and indictments of some expected. [BELL - says it remains to be seen if further indictments will follow.] There is no extradition treaty between United States and South Korea. Representative Bruce Caputo, member of House Ethics Committee, says he'll try to halt aid to South Korea, charging country with obstructing investigation. There has been no official word with regard to contacts between 2 govts., but United States ambassador in Seoul, Richard Schneider, has been discussing Park's status with South Korea foreign minister
REPORTER: Jed Duvall