檢, ‘최순실 35억 특혜지원’ 박상진 삼성 사장 재소환
A special investigative unit summoned Samsung Electronics chair for a second round of questioning.
Part of efforts to get to the bottom of why the company gave around three million U.S. dollars to a private company run by Choi Soon-sil.
Also, the former deputy culture minister is grilled for his involvement in the scandal.
Lee Minyoung reports.
Samsung Electronics President Park Sang-jin, who’s in charge of the tech giant’s external affairs, stepped into the the Seoul Central Prosecutor’s Office for a second round of questioning on Wednesday around 2 p.m.
He was summoned last Saturday and went through an overnight interrogation over his involvement in the corruption scandal centered on President Park’s confidante Choi Soon-sil.
Prosecutors are looking into whether there were any suspicious deals between Choi and Samsung.
The tech giant gave up to 2-point-8 million euros or about 3 million U.S. dollars to Core Sports, a company owned by Choi and her daughter Chung Yoo-ra, who was a professional horse rider and a former member of the national equestrian team.
Samsung Electronics is the main sponsor of the Korea Equestrian Federation, while Park serves as the chairman of the organization.
Prosecutors want to know if the money was diverted to buy Chung’s horse and finance her training and whether the money came with strings attached.
Meanwhile, prosecutors are also questioning former deputy culture minister Kim Jong as part of their investigation into the abuse of power scandal.
Kim, who was summoned by prosecutors the same day, is suspected of being involved in the establishment and management of two government-linked foundations that were controlled by Choi.
That includes the allegation that Kim used his influence and contacts to direct a government project worth over 25-million U.S. dollars… to the foundation.
Kim is also suspected of helping Choi garner preferential treatment for her daughter in her college admission and grades… in addition to getting her a spot on the national equestrian team in 2014.
He is also suspected of using Choi’s help to get his government post… and using his power to place his friends and colleagues in high-level governmental positions.
Lee Minyoung, Arirang News.
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