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Former doctor of President Park grilled over influence-peddling scandal

All Headlines 11:11 February 06, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Yonhap) -- Special prosecutors on Monday questioned the head of a renowned local hospital, who formally served as President Park Geun-hye's doctor, over his alleged involvement in an influence-peddling scandal rocking the country.

Suh Chang-suk, CEO of Seoul National University Hospital, is suspected of giving undue favors to a local doctor, Kim Young-jae. Kim is close to Park's friend Choi Soon-sil and being investigated for treating the president with injections without due security and safety checks, based on his ties to Choi.

The independent counsel team is looking into whether Suh was behind the appointment of Kim, a general practitioner, as a professor at the hospital's outpatient department in July last year.

Kim's wife Park Chae-yoon was taken into custody earlier this month on charges of bribing former senior presidential secretary An Chong-bum, who is standing trial over his alleged involvement in the scandal.

Suh was appointed to lead the hospital in 2016, after serving as the president's doctor from 2014.

Suh Chang-suk, President of Seoul National University Hospital, arrives at the special investigation team's office in southern Seoul on Feb. 6, 2017, to undergo questioning. (Yonhap)

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