The prosecution has sent investigators to raid the presidential office in its investigation into the influence-peddling scandal involving a friend of the president, Choi Soon-sil.
The prosecution said Saturday that investigators went to the homes and offices of Presidential Chief Policy Coordinator Ahn Jong-beom and Vice Culture Minister Kim Chong, among others.
The presidential office argued that only requested documents can be handed over to the investigators under relevant regulations and refused to the unexpected search.
Senior Secretary Ahn is allegedly involved in the suspicious fundraising for private foundations established by the controversial friend of President Park Geun-hye earlier this year. The vice culture minister is accused along with Ahn of assisting business activities of Choi's companies.
Presidential Private Secretary Jeong Ho-seong is also being targeted. Widely criticized as one of the "door knobs" to the president, Jeong is also blamed for his parts in the current scandal.
In the wake of the president's acknowledgment that some of her speeches were edited by Choi, the residence of Park's former speech and archive secretary Cho In-geun was also raided.
Source: KBS World Radio