Seoul: A court issued an arrest warrant late on Tuesday for the elder brother of South Korea`s president on bribery allegations, a major embarrassment to the ruling party in a presidential election year.
The Seoul Central District Court issued the warrant hours after enraged protesters threw eggs at Lee Sang-deuk, grabbing his tie and jostling him as he entered the court for questioning.
A court official declined to provide further details, including his name or when Lee might be arrested, citing court procedures. Prosecutors have accused the former lawmaker of taking half a million dollars in bribes from two detained bankers with the intent of using his influence to help the bankers avoid punishment.
Lee wasn`t directly hit by any of the eggs, but some yolk could be seen on his shoulder. He didn`t speak to a swarm of reporters gathered at the court, shaking off the protesters and media mobbing him before walking through a security checkpoint.
The protesters, many of them middle-aged women, said they`d lost money after the government suspended the troubled savings banks Lee is accused of taking bribes from.
President Lee Myung-bak ends his single, five-year presidential term early next year. Elections for the next president are in December.