Former President Lee shows up to be questioned by prosecutors

Ex-S. Korean president Lee questioned in graft probe

Ex-S. Korean president Lee questioned in graft probe

Ex-President Lee Myung-bak appeared for questioning at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Wednesday morning on a slew of corruption charges.

Allegations of corruption involving the 76-year-old's relatives and aides during his 2008-2013 presidential term have mounted in recent weeks as prosecutors investigate multiple cases of bribery amounting to millions of dollars.

"We will treat the former president with dignity but we will conduct a through and transparent probe", a senior prosecutor told journalists. The prosecutors have prepared about 120 pages of questions, and Lee is expected to spend hours for the interrogation. Former President Chun Doo Hwan refused to comply with a 1995 summons and was later arrested.

"I have much to say as a former president but I promised myself to save my words". Lee was a conservative leader whose successor as president, Park Geun-hye, was removed from office past year and is standing trial on bribery and other charges.

Lee's own predecessor, the liberal Roh Moo-hyun, committed suicide by jumping off a cliff after being questioned over corruption allegations in 2009.

President Moon, Blue House aides and prosecutors have flatly rejected the claim.

Their sentences were later commuted to life in prison, and they were eventually pardoned and released after serving about two years each.

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