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Prosecutors to Visit Park for Interrogation

16:52 April 03, 2017 replay time02:10

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[Anchor]

A special investigation team of prosecutors will proceed with the first interrogation of the now-arrested former President Park Geun-hye.

Pursuant to the request by Park's side, prosecutors will visit her at the Seoul Detention Center for questioning.

Lee So-young has more.

[Reporter]

Ahead of the first interrogation of the arrested former President Park Geun-hye, officials at the special investigation team are busy with preparatory work.

Under the leadership of the prosecutors that investigated Park previously, they plan to visit Park at the Seoul Detention Center for an out-of-office interrogation tomorrow morning.

Planning to complete the investigation by the middle of this month when election campaigns kick off officially, most officials came out to work over the weekend to go over the interrogation schedule.

Through this additional questioning, the prosecutors aim to further build upon the link between Park and Choi Soon-sil.

Lee Jae-yong of Samsung Electronics, handed over to trial for giving bribes, is arguing that even if various donations reached Choi, they did not constitute bribes for Park.

It is expected that the prosecutors will focus on exposing the relationship between these people by analyzing the conversations Park and Choi exchanged.

In the past, multiple investigations took place after the arrests of Cheon Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo. Therefore, multiple visits to the detention center by prosecutors are expected, beginning with the first visit tomorrow.

The greatest interest is on whether Park has undergone a change of mind after the arrest, and whether it will lead her to admit some of the charges.

Originally, prosecutors had planned to question Park today, but Park's lawyers asked for another day to prepare their defense.

This leads to questions about whether their defense strategies have changed.

Meanwhile, the special investigation headquarters is also planning to summon Woo Byeong-woo, the former senior presidential secretary and the other key pillar of the scandal, for questioning soon.

It was reported that the prosecutors have conducted supplementary investigations and added new charges against Woo, including exerting pressure on the Sewol disaster investigation and targeted monitoring.

Eyes are on whether another arrest warrant will be filed for him.

Lee So-young reporting for Yonhap News TV from Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office.

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