South Korean prosecutors question heads of major conglomerates as corruption probe widens


The corruption investigation that led to the removal of South Korea’s president this month appears to have widened yet again, with prosecutors in recent days questioning executives from two more of the nation’s top conglomerates about the case.

Prosecutors were set to question the former president, Park Geun-hye, on Tuesday morning over allegations that she used her office to seek bribes from the nation’s corporate titans for a longtime confidant, among other allegations.

Ahead of that effort, however, prosecutors over the weekend broadened the case by questioning Chey Tae-won, the chairman of SK Group, and Jang Sun-wook, who heads the lucrative duty-free business for Lotte Group, a major retailer. Then on Monday, Kwon Oh-joon, chairman of POSCO, the world’s fourth-largest steelmaker, testified about his own company’s relationship to the scandal, which was already under investigation.