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Prosecutors ask former aide to ex-President Lee again to appear for questioning

2018/01/13 13:28

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SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors asked a former senior aide to then-President Lee Myung-bak to appear for questioning Saturday over bribery allegations, a day after he snubbed an earlier summons, officials said.

Kim Paik-joon, who served as senior secretary for administrative affairs to Lee between 2008 and 2012, is suspected of receiving money from the National Intelligence Service on a regular basis. Prosecutors suspect that Kim and two other then presidential officials received a total of about 500 million won (US$472,022) from the NIS.

Kim is one of the closest aides to Lee and has often been dubbed his "butler."

   Prosecutors asked Kim to appear for questioning Friday, but Kim didn't comply with the summons. Prosecution officials said Saturday they asked Kim again to come to the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office by 2 p.m.

On Friday, prosecution investigators raided the residences of Kim and the two other secretaries -- Kim Hee-joong, one of Lee's private secretaries, and Kim Jin-mo, an ex-official at Cheong Wa Dae's civil affairs office. The two also underwent overnight questionings before leaving the prosecutors' office until early Saturday morning.

Kim Paik-joon (Yonhap) Kim Paik-joon (Yonhap)