Anchor: The prosecution is concentrating efforts to prove suspicions that former president Park Geun-hye received bribes from the country’s top conglomerates. Before questioning Park on Tuesday, investigators interrogated business leaders in a bid to prove the bribery ties that led to Park's ouster.
Kim Bum-soo wraps up the development.
Report: Ahead of summoning impeached ex-President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday, the prosecution is zeroing in on the alleged bribery ties between her and the nation's conglomerate groups.
The prosecution over the weekend interrogated Lotte Duty Free CEO Jang Sun-wook after grilling SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won.
Their businesses are suspected to have received additional requests to provide more money to the Mir and K-Sports foundations and other projects which the ex-president's longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil managed.
During the questioning on Saturday that lasted for more than 13 hours, SK Group Chairman Chey denied allegations that his business provided money to Park for a presidential pardon which led to his release from prison in 2015.
Lotte Group was found to have gotten its seven billion won back from the K-Sports Foundation as the prosecution last year pushed ahead with its investigation into the family-run group’s illicit management. Park and Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin held a meeting in February of last year.
As it is working on strengthening its bribery case against Park, the prosecution plans to decide whether to press charges against the business leaders after questioning the ousted president.
Bribery is only one of 13 charges Park faces in the massive Choi Soon-sil scandal that led to her ouster.
On Tuesday morning, Park will leave her private residence in a vehicle provided by the presidential office for her scheduled arrival at the prosecutors' office at 9:30 a.m. She will then stand in front of an army of reporters right before the entry into the prosecution.
Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News.