March 15, 2018 09:08
Ex-President Lee Myung-bak was interrogated on corruption charges at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office until Thursday morning.
He then returned to his home in Nonhyeon-dong, Seoul around 6:30 a.m., after more than 21 hours of questioning. Neither supporters nor opponents showed up when Lee left home, seen off only by a handful of aides, or arrived at the prosecutors' office.
Lee is suspected of having taken bribes worth W11 billion, including W6 billion that he forced Samsung to pay in U.S. legal fees for DAS, an auto parts company nominally owned by his brother, in 2009 (US$1=W1,065).
The bribes also include W1.75 billion he allegedly pocketed from the National Intelligence Service's secret funds while in office.
Prosecutors suspected that as the real owner of DAS, Lee amassed slush funds worth W30 billion.
Lee denied the allegations, saying his eldest brother Lee Sang-eun was the bona fide owner of the firm and he did not know that Samsung paid the legal fees.
He will not be questioned again before prosecutors decide whether to seek an arrest warrant in the coming days.
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