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Prosecutors to grill ex-presidential secretary over scandal this week

All Headlines 10:42 April 04, 2017

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors said Tuesday they summoned a former presidential secretary to undergo questioning as a suspect this week over a string of allegations surrounding a corruption scandal that led to the removal of former President Park Geun-hye from office.

Prosecutors summoned Woo Byun-woo, senior presidential secretary for civil affairs from 2015 to 2016, to appear at the prosecution on Thursday 10 a.m., they said.

Park was arrested last Friday over the scandal centered on her friend Choi Soon-sil.

Woo is suspected of aiding and abetting Choi in meddling in state affairs and disrupting a special presidential inspector's investigation into the scandal.

He is also accused of allegedly using his influence to block a prosecution probe into failed rescue efforts during the 2014 sinking of the Sewol ferry that killed 304 people.

In this file photo taken on Nov. 6, 2016, Woo Byung-woo, former senior presidential secretary for civil affairs, appears at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in southern Seoul for questioning over a string of corruption allegations.

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