Roh's Brother to Be Questioned Over Bribery

The Supreme Public Prosecutors' Office is questioning Roh Gun-pyeong, the elder brother of former President Roh Moo-hyun, on Monday over his alleged receipt of over W1 billion (US$1=W1,464) in bribes in the sale of the now-defunct Sejong Securities to the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation in 2006. An official at the prosecutors' office said Roh agreed to report to the office on Monday, and the investigation will proceed as planned.

Prosecutors have heard testimony from former president Roh's high school classmates including Jeong Hwa-sam, who is in custody, that W2 billion out of W3 billion they received from Hong Ki-ok, the former CEO of Sejong Capital, was intended for the elder Roh. Prosecutors say over W1 billion was transferred to the elder Roh.

Prosecutors also decided to summon Taekwang Industrial chairman Park Yeon-cha sometime this week to question him about suspicions that he had been bribing politicians during the Roh administration. Park is accused by the National Tax Service of evading of over W20 billion in taxes.

englishnews@chosun.com / 12 01, 2008 10:28 KST