National Assembly Investigation Plans to Search Blue House Complex

National Assembly Investigation Plans to Search Blue House Complex

SEOUL, Dec. 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's parliamentary committee looking into President Park Geun-hye's alleged corruption said Friday it will conduct field examinations at the presidential office and a local clinic.

The committee members plan to visit the Presidential Security Service. But it is unclear whether they can carry out the inspection as the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae declined to accept their visit citing security issues. 

They also plan to visit a hospital in Seoul where Park and her confidante Choi Soon-sil allegedly received illegal medical treatments.

Park was impeached last week amid allegations Choi exerted influence on state affairs for personal benefits without any seat in the administration. Prosecutors claim Park was an accomplice in her crimes.

The parliamentary panel has been hosting a series of hearings at the National Assembly since last week, summoning key figures linked to the scandal ranging from former presidential staff members to business tycoons.

On Thursday, it will hold the fifth round of inquiries with 18 figures, including former presidential secretary Woo Byung-woo, who had been dodging the summons request.

 
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