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Mother of Taekwang chairman questioned


Lee Seon-ae, mother of Taekwang Group Chairman Lee Ho-jin, is taken into the Seoul Western District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday on a stretcher. [NEWSIS]

Prosecutors yesterday summoned the mother of the Taekwang Group chairman, who is believed to be in charge of the company’s financial management, in a probe of allegations that the firm ran a slush fund to bribe influential figures for business favors.

After questioning group chairman Lee Ho-jin last week, prosecutors have repeatedly issued summons to his mother, Lee Seon-ae, 82. She had refused to comply, citing health conditions, officials said.

Her face fully covered, she arrived at the Seoul Western Prosecutors’ Office in an ambulance and went into the investigation room in a wheelchair.

Prosecutors have been investigating the chairman and his relatives working at the company over a suspected slush fund set aside for political lobbying. They said the mother is the key figure in controlling the money trail.

Taekwang Group, the nation’s 40th-largest family-owned business, has been under suspicion of lobbying political figures to win a cable TV channel license from the state broadcasting authority. It failed to win the broadcasting rights.


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