Pros­e­cu­tors bid to ques­tion Park

> Con­glom­er­ate bosses quizzed in scan­dal probe

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

SEOUL: South Korean pros­e­cu­tors are seek­ing to ques­tion Pres­i­dent Park Ge­un­hye this week over a po­lit­i­cal scan­dal which has en­gulfed her pres­i­dency, Yon­hap re­ported yes­ter­day.

Pros­e­cu­tors are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether Park ex­erted im­proper pres­sure on “chae­bol” con­glom­er­ate bosses to raise funds for two foun­da­tions at the cen­tre of an in­flu­ence-ped­dling scan­dal in­volv­ing a friend of hers.

Pros­e­cu­tors have al­ready ques­tioned the chair­men of Hyundai Mo­tor and Korean Air Lines and plan to ques­tion the de fac­tor head of Sam­sung Group and other con­glom­er­ate chiefs over the po­lit­i­cal scan­dal, me­dia re­ports said yes­ter­day.

Hun­dreds of thou­sands marched in the cap­i­tal Seoul on Satur­day de­mand­ing her res­ig­na­tion.

The rally was the largest so far in a cri­sis en­gulf­ing Park, 64, and or­gan­is­ers said some 850,000 peo­ple packed streets run­ning through the city cen­tre in­clud­ing a 12-lane thor­ough­fare.

Po­lice es­ti­mated the crowd at 260,000.

Stu­dents, fam­i­lies in­clud­ing young cou­ples push­ing strollers and protesters in wheel­chairs were among the crowd dur­ing the largely peace­ful march, which con­trasted with the vi­o­lence of some pre­vi­ous ral­lies dom­i­nated by mil­i­tant unions and civic groups that clashed with po­lice.

One man trav­elled seven hours from the south­ern town of Gimhae to join the rally de­mand­ing Park step down a year be­fore her man­date is due to end.

“Park Geun-hye! To­day! Step down! Im­me­di­ately! Step down! Now!” protesters chanted a few hun­dred me­tres from the pres­i­den­tial Blue House.

“I’m here so that this coun­try will be a bet­ter place for my daugh­ters,” said Park Min-hee, 34, a house­wife who was at the rally with her two young daugh­ters and her hus­band’s par­ents.

“Park Geun-hye did wrong. She must step down right now.”

Mem­bers of main op­po­si­tion par­ties joined Satur­day’s rally, sug­gest­ing there is grow­ing sup­port in par­lia­ment for ac­tion to re­move her from power, al­though there was no for­mal move yet to launch im­peach­ment pro­ceed­ings.

No South Korean pres­i­dent has ever failed to fin­ish their five-year term. – Reuters

Protesters hold can­dles dur­ing the rally in cen­tral Seoul on Satur­day.

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