Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Choi Yoon-hee will stand trial on his alleged involvement in a corruption case regarding the country’s deal to buy maritime helicopters from the British helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland.
The government’s joint investigation team on Sunday indicted Choi without detention on charges of bribery and document forgery.
The former JCS chief is suspected of receiving 20 million won in 2012 from an arms broker, identified only by his surname Ham in return for peddling his influence in the procurement deal.
In addition, Choi allegedly directed his subordinates to make a false report to pick AgustaWestland's AW159 Lynx Wildcat as the country's new multi-mission maritime helicopter.
The investigation team also indicted President of the Agency for Defense Development Jung Hong-yong for allegedly taking 70 million won from Ham.