Park faces prosecutorial questioning this week

An unprecedented prosecutorial probe of an incumbent state leader seemed just around the corner Sunday, as prosecutors vowed to carry out a face-to-face questioning session with President Park Geun-hye, and Cheong Wa Dae, for the first time, gestured compliance.

This development came amid the ongoing probe on the president’s confidante Choi Soon-sil and in the wake of a record-breaking candlelight vigil held Saturday night to demand Park’s resignation.

“We have delivered our stance to Cheong Wa Dae, that we will question (the president) on Tuesday or Wednesday this week,” said an official of the special prosecution team in charge of the extensive influence-peddling scandal surrounding Choi.

“We are waiting for a sincere reply (from the presidential office).”

As for the detailed method and schedule of the questioning, the prosecution is still in talks with Choi Jai-kyeong, the recently-appointed senior presidential secretary for civil affairs, according to officials. Choi was a former prosecutor himself, having served as chief of the Incheon District Prosecutors’ Office.

“For now, the president will be questioned as a witness,” the official also said.

“Though details such as the time and place (of the questioning) are yet to be discussed, the questioning will basically take place in a face-to-face format.”

 

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South Korea’s most powerful businessmen were summoned by the prosecution over the weekend to answer questions about their alleged closed-door meetings with President Park Geun-hye last year.

The move comes amid deepening suspicions over their dubious ties with the nation’s troubled leader, who is at the center of an influence-peddling scandal involving her longtime friend.

A special investigation team at the Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office said it had questioned Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, LG Group Chairman Koo Bon-moo and CJ Group co-Chairman Sohn Kyung-shik. SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won and Hanjin Group Chairman Cho Yang-ho were also summoned even though they were not on the list of tycoons said to have had one-on-one meetings with Park.

 

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