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Prosecutors to question Lotte chairman over corruption scandal this week

All News 15:23 April 06, 2017

SEOUL, April 6 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors said Thursday they will question the chief of South Korea's retail giant Lotte later this week over a corruption scandal that removed former President Park Geun-hye from office.

Prosecutors summoned Shin Dong-bin to appear at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Friday at 9:30 a.m. to bear witness to the influence-peddling scandal, they said.

The move came a few days after prosecutors arrested the country's former president Friday over a string of corruption allegations, including bribery and abuse of power.

Park is suspected of having colluded with her close friend Choi Soon-sil to force dozens of local conglomerates to donate a total of 77.4 billion won (US$70 million) to two dubious foundations allegedly controlled by Choi.

Prosecutors have been expanding their probe to other business groups after indicting Lee Jae-yong, Samsung Group's de facto leader, on charges of giving kickbacks to Choi, and in effect to Park, in return for business favors.

Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin arrives at the Seoul Central District Court on April 5, 2017, to attend a hearing on a string of corporate crime allegations involving his family. (Yonhap)


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