Ex-secretary to be queried

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Ex-secretary to be queried

Prosecutors said yesterday they have asked Kim Hyo-jae, 58, a former senior secretary to President Lee Myung-bak, to face questioning this Wednesday over his alleged involvement in a vote-buying scandal during the ruling party’s 2008 leadership election.

Kim resigned last week as Lee’s senior secretary for political affairs after reports that prosecutors had secured testimony that his former aide delivered money-filled envelopes before the leadership vote. Kim allegedly played a key role in the scandal, where envelopes of money were distributed to Grand National Party lawmakers before Park Hee-tae was elected as party leader in 2008. Park resigned as Assembly speaker last week, claiming responsibility for the vote-buying scandal. Yonhap

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