Date
4 December 2016
South Koreans shout slogans as they carry placards reading "Park Geun-hye Out", during a protest against President Park Geun-Hye in Seoul on Nov. 12. Photo: Reuters
South Koreans shout slogans as they carry placards reading "Park Geun-hye Out", during a protest against President Park Geun-Hye in Seoul on Nov. 12. Photo: Reuters

S Korea prosecutors to question President Park Geun-hye

South Korean prosecutors are set to question Park Geun-hye over allegations of political corruption in a scandal that has engulfed her presidency.

Citing an official at the prosecutors’ office, Reuters noted that it will mark the first time a sitting president will be questioned by prosecutors over a criminal case.

“It’s correct we’re planning to question the president but the date is undecided,” the official was quoted as saying.

According to Yonhap news agency, Park’s questioning could happen no later than Wednesday.

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

They are also probing Park’s friend, Choi Soon-sil, who is alleged to have used her ties to the president to meddle in state affairs and wield influence in the cultural and sports communities.

Prosecutors have already questioned the de facto head of Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, and the chairmen of Hyundai Motor Group and Hanjin Group over the scandal, reports said on Sunday.

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people marched in Seoul demanding that Park resign in the wake of the scandal.

Many protesters said Park, whose public support has dropped to the lowest point ever for a democratically elected South Korean leader at 5 percent, was unfit to rule.

While some previous South Korean presidents have been mired in scandals or allegations of wrongdoing involving family members during their terms, none were directly questioned by prosecutors while they were in office.

Park faces intense pressure from the public and parliament to step down over the scandal, but the main opposition parties have not raised the possibility of initiating impeachment proceedings.

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