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Park Interrogated on Bribery Charges

15:51 April 11, 2017 replay time01:57

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Prosecutors conducted another interrogation on the former President Park Geun-hye for the fourth time following her arrest.

The interrogation lasted for more than 12 hours from 9 a.m. and focused on the bribery charges that were not covered in the previous three interrogations.

Park reportedly denied all charges again.

Lee Jae-dong has more.

[Reporter]

A black car carrying prosecutors swiftly enters the Seoul Detention Center.

They have arrived for the fourth interrogation of the former President Park Geun-hye after two days, continuing from the previous questionings held on April 4, 6 and 8.

For the previous three interrogations, prosecutor Han Woong-jae from Criminal Department 8 was in charge; however, this time, senior prosecutor Lee Won-seok has taken over.

Lee has been investigating bribery cases related with conglomerates since his days on the special prosecution team and reportedly has focused on establishing the relevant facts.

In particular, he reportedly questioned whether Park helped Samsung with the overhaul of their management structure in return for their support for the equestrian training of Chung Yoo-ra, the daughter of Choi Soon-sil.

With lawyer Yoo Young-ha present, Park was reported to have denied such charges again.

The interrogation on bribery charges, the biggest issue of the investigation into the scandal, has begun and many predict that the investigation into Park is nearing its end.

The prosecutors will visit the detention center for the fifth time this coming Wednesday, review whether further interrogations are needed and bring their investigation on Park to an end.

They plan to hand Park over to the court later this week or early next week at the latest to end the investigation into the scandal. However, they are not expected to hold an official briefing session on the results of the investigation.

Lee Jae-dong reporting for Yonhap News TV.

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