S.Korean prosecutors call in SK Group officials for questioning

The headquarters have looked exclusively into the corruption scandal that led to Park's impeachment and ouster since special prosecutors ended their 70-day investigation on February 28.

Park's lawyer said she would "cooperate" with the probe. South Korean prosecutors said Wednesday they plan to summon and ques.

Prosecutors said on Wednesday that they planned to summon and question Park next week.

After she left the presidential Blue House on Sunday, she issued a statement hinting of defiance, saying: "It will take time, but I believe the truth will be revealed".

Arriving at Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office around 9:45 a.m., Kim Chang-geun flatly denied the allegation when questioned by a reporter about charges related to presidential pardon of Chey Tae-won, chairman of SK Group who was imprisoned in 2013 for criminal conviction for misappropriating corporate funds.

The group, along with the Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (Care), claimed she had abandoned her pets, and both organisations offered to find new homes for the dogs.

The commission has since referred the incident to the National Police Agency.

It is unclear whether Park not taking the dogs with her qualifies as abandonment under South Korea's animal protection law, which defines lost or abandoned animals as those wandering without an owner in public places or left deserted in paper boxes or other containers.

But, if found guilty, she could be fined up to 1m won (£716) for abandoning them, and up to half as much again if she does not report a change in ownership within 30 days.

Park's decision to leave the dogs behind touched off a heated reaction from dog lovers, who flooded social media with angry remarks. One South Korean citizen quoted in the Sky News article denounced Park as "a person who entirely lacks empathy, whether it's for humans or for animals".

Hwang became acting president when parliament impeached Park in December and later emerged in opinion polls as a top conservative candidate, though he had never declared an intention to run.

Park is accused of colluding with Choi to extort money and favors from conglomerates.

  • Leroy Wright