The prosecution is expanding its investigation into suspicions surrounding the controversial establishments of the Mir and K-Sports foundations.
In the wake of the president's call for a fair probe into the allegations a day earlier, an official at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office confirmed on Friday that two more prosecutors were recently added to the initially-three member team investigating the case.
The prosecution also on Friday questioned K-Sports Foundation's first chairman Chung Dong-koo and working-level officials of Mir Foundation to shed light on undue fundraising and other allegations surrounding the organizations.
Amid suspicions that President Park Geun-hye's long-time confidant Choi Soon-sil is involved with the two bodies, opposition parties have claimed that the two entities were to be used as an organizational basis for the president's post-retirement activities.
The prosecution has been investigating irregularities surrounding an unusually quick approval process for their establishments and an astounding amount of funds raised at the time.
Founded less than a year ago, Mir and K-Sports are known to have raised a total of 75 billion won, or 66-point-eight million dollars for their establishments, from donations provided by Samsung, Hyundai LG and other major conglomerates.
Speculations were raised about three weeks ago when 'Spec Watch,' a civic group, filed a complaint against Choi and presidential senior policy coordinator Ahn Jong-beom, claiming their involvement in the fundraising for the establishment of the foundations.
At the parliamentary House Steering Committee's state audit on the presidential office on Friday, Ahn told lawmakers that he has nothing to do with the fundraising.
Source: KBS World Radio