South Korea’s parliamentary ethics subcommittee has voted down a movement to expel Kim Nam-kuk, a former member of the primary opposition Democratic Get together.

A parliamentary ethics subcommittee of South Korea has voted down a movement to expel Kim Nam-kuk, a former member of the primary opposition Democratic Get together (DP), the native information company Yonhap reported on Aug. 30.

The subcommittee rejected the proposal on Aug. 29 after the ruling Folks Energy Get together (PPP) and the DP divided evenly over the movement in a 3-3 vote. A majority of votes was wanted for the movement to be handed, the report notes.

As beforehand reported, Kim got here underneath fireplace earlier this yr when he was discovered to have as soon as held not less than $4.5 million in Wemix (WEMIX) tokens, developed by the South Korean blockchain sport developer Wemade. Wemix tokens have been allowed for buying and selling on main exchanges in South Korea earlier than a neighborhood courtroom ordered to delist the tokens on the platforms in late 2022.

Kim’s involvement in WEMIX investments spurred main issues over potential conflicts of curiosity, utilizing insider info and even cash laundering. The case contributed to the fast improvement of a authorized initiative to require officers to report on their holdings of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) in South Korea.

Kim Nam-kuk at a plenary session on the Nationwide Meeting in Seoul on Aug. 24, 2023. Supply: Yonhap

Officers in South Korea are usually not alone in being requested to report on their cryptocurrency holdings within the nation. In July, South Korea’s Monetary Companies Fee introduced a brand new invoice that may require all companies that concern or maintain cryptocurrencies to reveal their holdings from 2024.

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In mid-August, the South Korean metropolis of Cheongju additionally mentioned that it’s going to begin confiscating cryptocurrency from native tax delinquents, requiring exchanges like Upbit and Bithumb to report on such perpetrators.

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