Lotte Group chairman arrives at Seoul prosecutors’ office for questioning

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 11:38 GMT, Apr 7, 2017 |

Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin arrived at Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office for questioning as a witness on Friday (April 7) in an investigation of an influence-peddling scandal that led to the dismissal and arrest of former president Park Geun-hye.

The prosecutor’s office said Shin had been summoned to appear at 9:30 a.m. local time (0030 GMT) on Friday. Park was arrested on March 31 after a court granted the prosecution’s request for her detention on charges including bribery.

She is accused of colluding with a friend, Choi Soon-sil, to pressure businesses such as Lotte to contribute to foundations that backed her policy initiatives. Prosecutors were questioning her again on Thursday, the second time this week. Park and Choi both deny any wrong-doing.

Lotte has denied allegations that it made improper deals with Park, or those linked to her, for favours.