Sunday, April 26, 2009

Roh questioned over corruption

SEOUL - FORMER South Korean president Roh Moo-Hyun will be questioned by state prosecutors this week in a corruption probe, a report said on Sunday.

Mr Roh has been summoned to appear in the Supreme Prosecutor's Office at 1.30 pm (12.30 pm Singapore time) on April 30, Yonhap news agency quoted Roh's attorney and former aide, Moon Jae-In, as saying.

The prosecution, which on Wednesday sent Mr Roh a questionnaire to help him to prepare for the interview, declined to comment.

Mr Roh, elected partly on an anti-corruption platform to serve from 2003 to 2008, has apologised for his family's links to the case, but denied his own involvement.

Jung Sang-Moon, a close aide to Mr Roh, has been arrested for alleged corruption. Prosecutors have also questioned Mr Roh's wife and son as well as the husband of one of Mr Roh's nieces.

Jung is suspected of taking millions of dollars from a wealthy shoe manufacturer, who has been arrested, and from other local businessmen for the benefit of Mr Roh's family.

Mr Roh complained last week that his retirement home on the southwest coast had been turned into 'a prison' after reporters probing the scandal besieged the property. -- AFP

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