Former Spy Agency Chief Lee Byung-kee Appears for Questioning

Write : 2017-11-13 10:03:12 Update : 2017-11-13 10:37:56

Former Spy Agency Chief Lee Byung-kee Appears for Questioning

Former chief of the National Intelligence Service(NIS) Lee Byung-kee has appeared for questioning over allegations that the spy agency delivered money to key aides of ex-President Park Geun-hye while she was in office. 
 
Standing before the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Monday prior to being grilled, Lee told reporters that he is deeply sorry to disappoint and cause anxiety to the people over the issue of providing NIS funds to the presidential office. 
 
Lee, however, didn't answer questions over whether he received instructions from the top office to deliver the money. 
 
Lee is one of three former NIS chiefs who are accused of illegally providing a total of around four billion won of the agency's funds to close aides of Park between 2013 and mid-2016.  
 
Lee's predecessor, Nam Jae-joon reportedly admitted to sending about 50 million won to the presidential office every month. 
 
The prosecution plans to grill Lee on why the amount of the monthly payment was raised to 100 million won during his term and whether he offered the money at the request of the presidential office. 
 
Prosecutors suspect that there could be a connection between the raised payment and Lee's appointment as chief presidential secretary upon leaving the spy agency. 

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