Protesters attend a rally calling for the resignation of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Seoul, South Korea, on Nov. 19, 2016. Almost one million South Koreans marched on Saturday night to demand the resignation of President Park Geun-hye over her biggest political scandal since she took office in February 2013. (Xinhua/Yao Qilin)
Protesters attend a rally calling for the resignation of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Seoul, South Korea, on Nov. 19, 2016. Almost one million South Koreans marched on Saturday night to demand the resignation of President Park Geun-hye over her biggest political scandal since she took office in February 2013. (Xinhua/Yao Qilin)

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairmen Lee Jae-yong and Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Mong-koo will be summoned as witnesses together with chairmen of LG, SK, CJ, Hanwha, Hanjin and Lotte.

Choi Soon-sil, President Park’s decades-long friend, was indicted on Sunday on pressuring 53 conglomerates into donating tens of millions of U.S. dollars to two nonprofit foundations controlled by Choi.

Park was identified by prosecutors as a criminal accomplice to Choi in many of criminal acts, becoming the first sitting South Korean president to be investigated as a criminal suspect.

According to the prosecution office, the business heads made donations for fear of tax inquiries and other retaliations from the government.

Last year, President Park met separately one by one with the eight conglomerate chiefs after an open meeting with scores of business heads in the presidential office.

The ruling Saenuri Party, the main opposition Minjoo Party and minor opposition People’s Party agreed last week to launch a parliamentary investigation into the scandal separately from prosecutors.

Four parliamentary hearings are scheduled to be held between Dec. 5 and 14. Witnesses to be summoned for the hearings include Choi and her associates as well as former presidential secretaries. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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