Prosecutors Set To Question Former President Lee Myung Bak After Olympics

Trevor Koo, Jan. 29, 2018, 9:26 a.m.


Prosecutors have decided to wait until after the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang to question ex-President Lee Myung-bak about various corruption allegations. The Olympics end on Feb. 25. Prosecutors have made no official comment so far, but sources in the prosecution said stirring up controversy by hauling Lee in should be avoided during the Olympics.

Prosecutors are investigating allegations that Lee tapped into the coffers of the National Intelligence Service, amassed a W12 billion slush fund through a dubious automotive parts company, and used the NIS and military cyber command to sway public opinion (US$1=W1,065).

Lee left office under a cloud but, unlike his successor Park Geun-hye, was allowed to fade quietly into retirement despite allegations of massive corruption in his four-rivers megaproject. He claims the current probe is "political revenge" by the liberal camp against the conservatives.

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