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Pro-Park lawmaker quizzed in political fund probe

All Headlines 11:08 December 13, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors questioned a prominent lawmaker of the opposition Liberty Korea Party on Wednesday over allegations that he took hundreds of millions of won in illegal political funding.

Rep. Won Yoo-chul, former floor leader and a key member of a party faction close to ousted President Park Geun-hye, appeared at the Seoul Southern District Prosecutors' Office at around 10 a.m.

"I am sorry for causing concerns to the public. I'll earnestly cooperate with the investigation," the five-term lawmaker told reporters.

The prosecution arrested a real estate developer based in his constituency last month for offering tens of millions of won to a former aide to Won in exchange for the official's influence in having his new housing project approved. The aide has been imprisoned in a separate corruption case.

Prosecutors are looking into whether Won was involved in the case and several other illegal political donations by local businessmen.

Prosecutors recently raided his local office and the home of his aide in charge of accounting.

Rep. Won Yoo-chul of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party is seen in this photo filed Oct. 12, 2017. (Yonhap)

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