Prosecutors investigating allegations surrounding the controversial establishment of the Mir and K-Sports foundations summoned for questioning on Saturday officials from the Federation of Korean Industries(FKI) and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office called in FKI employees at around 1 p.m. and ministry officials at 3 p.m. for questioning. The FKI is South Korea's largest business lobby group.
Through the probe, prosecutors will try to confirm if Choi Soon-sil, a longtime confidant of President Park Geun-hye, was involved in contributions worth over 77 billion won made by about ten conglomerates in the establishment of the two foundations. Whether the money was forced in any way will also be looked into.
Culture ministry officials will be asked how procedures on setting up a foundation which usually takes three weeks were concluded in just one day.
Prosecutors have also asked immigration authorities to notify them if and when Choi who is currently overseas returns to Korea. A travel ban was also slapped on five to six officials involved in the foundations' establishment.
After questioning working-level officials, the prosecution is expected to summon Federation of Korean Industries Vice Chairman Lee Seung-cheol in the near future.
Source: KBS World Radio