Ex pres­i­dent faces in­quiry

Waikato Times - - World -

An­other con­ser­va­tive for­mer South Korean pres­i­dent is be­ing ques­tioned by prose­cu­tors over a range of cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions. For­mer Pres­i­dent Lee Myung-bak said he felt ‘‘very sorry for caus­ing con­cerns’’ as he ar­rived at the prose­cu­tors’ of­fice yes­ter­day. Lee was a con­ser­va­tive leader whose suc­ces­sor as pres­i­dent, Park Geun-hye, was re­moved from of­fice last year and is stand­ing trial on bribery and other charges. Lee is ac­cused of tak­ing of­fi­cial funds from the state in­tel­li­gence agency for per­sonal pur­poses, along with other al­le­ga­tions. He has pre­vi­ously called the in­ves­ti­ga­tion ‘‘po­lit­i­cal re­venge’’ or­ches­trated by the cur­rent lib­eral gov­ern­ment. South Korean politi­cians un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion will of­ten apol­o­gise for caus­ing trou­ble while still deny­ing in­volve­ment.

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