SEOUL, April 17 (UPI) -- South Korean prosecutors said Friday they have decided in principal to indict former President Roh Moo-hyun on charges of accepting bribes.
The prosecutors said they plan to bring Roh in for questioning next week to discuss allegations that he received $6 million in bribes from supporter Park Yeon-cha, chief executive of shoemaker Taekwang, The Korea Times reported Friday.
The governing Grand National Party has advised authorities not to physically detain Roh even if an arrest warrant is issued next week. Lee Hoi-chang, chairman of the minor opposition Liberty Forward Party, also advised against detaining the former president as he is considered unlikely to flee or attempt to destroy evidence.
Roh has said $1 million of the money in question was a loan Park gave to the former president's wife, Kwon Yang-sook, and the remaining $5 million was an investment in a business run by his niece's husband, Yeon Cheol-ho.
Senior prosecutor Hong Man-pyo said Roh could face at least 10 years in prison if convicted.