For­mer health min­is­ter held in cor­rup­tion probe

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SEOUL | South Korean in­ves­ti­ga­tors on Wed­nes­day de­tained the coun­try’s for­mer health min­is­ter as they ex­pand their in­quiry into a cor­rup­tion scan­dal in­volv­ing im­peached Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye.

The spe­cial pros­e­cu­tion team now has 48 hours to de­cide whether to re­quest a for­mal ar­rest war­rant for Moon Hyung-pyo, who faces al­le­ga­tions that he pres­sured the Na­tional Pen­sion Ser­vice to sup­port a con­tro­ver­sial merger deal be­tween two Sam­sung af­fil­i­ates last year, even though the fund’s stake in one of the com­pa­nies lost an es­ti­mated hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars in value.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors also sum­moned Kim Sang-ryul, the pres­i­dent’s for­mer se­nior sec­re­tary for ed­u­ca­tion and cul­ture, to look into al­le­ga­tions that the pres­i­den­tial of­fice kept a “black­list” of cul­tural fig­ures deemed as un­friendly to the ad­min­is­tra­tion and de­nied them state sup­port.

South Korea’s op­po­si­tion-con­trolled par­lia­ment on Dec. 9 voted to im­peach the pres­i­dent over al­le­ga­tions that she col­luded with a long­time friend to ex­tort money and fa­vors from the coun­try’s largest com­pa­nies.

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