Former Korea first lady to be questioned

May 8, 2009 at 10:33 AM
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SEOUL, May 8 (UPI) -- South Korean prosecutors will question a former first lady again this weekend about $1 million she received from the disgraced head of shoemaker Taekwang.

Former first lady Kwon Yang-sook says her husband, former President Roh Moo-Hyun, who governed from 2003 to 2008, did not know that Park Yeon-cha gave her the money, The Korea Times reported Friday.

Kwon admitted in a statement that she used $700,000 of the money for her son and daughter's living expenses while they were studying in the United States. The remainder, approximately $300,000, was used to pay off a debt, she said.

In another bribery allegation involving Park, one of current President Lee Myung-bak's friends is suspected of lobbying tax officials to halt an audit into Park's business.

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