Conglomerate Owners Summoned over Choi Soon-sil Scandal

The prosecution has summoned chiefs of the country's conglomerates to question them about one-on-one meetings with President Park Geun-hye in relation to donations they made to two controversial foundations. The Mir and K-Sports foundations are controlled by Park's scandal-ridden confidant, Choi Soon-sil.

An official at the prosecution said on Sunday that the prosecution summoned and questioned Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Mong-koo, Hanwha Group Chairman Kim Seung-young and SK SUPEX Council Chairman Kim Chang-geun.

The questioning took place at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

The prosecution is said to have questioned the leaders on how their one-on-one meetings with the president were arranged after a collective meeting with the president at Cheong Wa Dae on July 24th last year.

The prosecution is also believed to have asked them what was discussed in those meetings.

The president invited 17 local conglomerate leaders to the presidential office for lunch on July 24 last year and asked them to extend support for creating two foundations to promote the spread of the hallyu or the Korean wave around the world.

Park reportedly held separate one-on-one meetings with seven of the leaders the day of the Cheong Wa Dae meeting and the following day at the top office and other locations.

Source: KBS World Radio