Former S.Korean president at prosecutors' office

Elias Hubbard
March 14, 2018

Lee made his way before hundreds of reporters waiting outside the prosecutors' office to ask him questions in the latest top-level political corruption scandal to rock the country.

Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is at the prosecutors' office in Seoul to face questioning over allegations of bribery and other criminal offences.

"I'm very sorry for causing concern to the people", Lee said on arrival at the prosecutors' office in Seoul. "I offer my honest apology to the people of our country for troubling them amid the economic hardship and a serious security crisis on the peninsula".

Lee, accompanied by his defence lawyer, was received by a senior prosecutor and given tea before being ushered into room 1001, the same place his successor and ousted former president Park Geun-hye underwent marathon questioning.

The questioning is likely to take some time as Lee is denying the allegations.

Lee claims to be the victim of a witch hunt, but prosecutors have about 120 pages of questions for him about what they believe was a systematic program to squirrel away slush funds and amass bribes.

"As a former president, I have many things I want to say, but I promised to myself that I must save my breath", he said. The former president was in office from 2008 to 2013 before his successor, Park, won her presidency.

"But I do hope this is the last time in history".

Lee's successor Park Geun-hye was ousted previous year over a massive corruption scandal that emerged in 2016.

Lee has said in January that investigations into alleged corruption in his administration are political payback to hold him accountable for the suicide of his predecessor, Roh Moo-hyun.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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