South Korean police said they have arrested four people who used mechanical diggers to break into the home of a former president’s relative in search of hidden money.
The four men used three diggers and 28 private security guards to raid the villa owned by a son-in-law of former president Kim Young-Sam.
The raiders were dressed in black or in military uniforms and pretended to belong to a UN taskforce hunting slush funds, police said.
Police in Seongnam city just south of Seoul said the four are being detained for further questioning.
After tearing down the gate and parts of the villa walls, they locked the son-in-law in a room and cut phone lines before making a two-hour search.
“They were looking for what they called slush funds stashed away by the former president, but no such funds existed,” a Seongnam police official told AFP, refusing to disclose his name. “It’s a bizarre case.”
(STAFF WRITER, WITH AFP)
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