Lee Jae-myung, chairman of the Democratic Party of Korea, has decided to respond to the prosecution's additional summons on the 10th in connection with the alleged preferential treatment of the Wirye and Daejang-dong development projects.
Ahn Ho-young, a senior spokesman for the Democratic Party of Korea, said in a media notice on the 7th, "CEO Lee decided to attend the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office around 11 a.m. after the Supreme Council on the 10th."
Lee attended the Central District Prosecutors' Office on Saturday, the 28th of last month, and was questioned for about 12 hours and 30 minutes.
At the time, the prosecution demanded re-appearance on the 31st of the same month or the 1st of this month, and CEO Lee said he would comply, but said he wanted a weekend investigation as much as possible as the first summons.
On the other hand, the prosecution defined this as a unilateral demand and stuck to attendance during the week, and the two sides have been engaged in a tug-of-war over the date of attendance. In the end, he seems to have found a compromise with his attendance on Friday, the 10th.
"I have told the prosecution several times that I will attend the weekend because I have to focus on party affairs and state affairs during the week, but the prosecution insisted on 'attendance during the week'," Ahn said. "It is the bare face of the current administration that the government and the ruling party 'don't know' the people's livelihoods and take over the role to the opposition party, and even hinder him with the prosecution at the forefront," he said.
Regarding the additional summoning strategy, Ahn said, "(First summons) CEO Lee submitted a written statement, so the prosecution delayed the investigation and demanded further investigation. Lee also plans to actively exercise his right to defend himself by responding to the written statement he submitted last time."
The prosecution demanded the attendance at 9:30 a.m., an hour and 30 minutes earlier than the 11 a.m. announced by the representative Lee, citing that the amount of investigation. Considering the schedule of the Supreme Council, Lee said, "The date of attendance is expected to comply with the prosecution's request, but time is expected to carry out his will.
In the second investigation, the prosecution will continue to ask additional questions about the contents of the prosecution's statement submitted by CEO Lee during the first investigation.
Lee's position on charges of violating the Bribery and Political Funds Act will also be confirmed by Chung Jin-sang, former head of the National Policy Coordination Office, and Kim Yong, former vice president of the Korea Institute for Democracy, which was not mentioned in the statement.
It is expected to focus on Lee's responsibility by presenting documents for approval.
Suspicions of preferential treatment for Baekhyun-dong's development, which began the investigation in earnest through the search and seizure, and the recent allocation of preferential treatment for hotel development in Jeongja-dong are expected to be excluded from the investigation considering the progress of the investigation.
However, it is widely expected that CEO Lee will exercise his right to remain silent as he did in the first investigation because he believes that the submitted prosecution statement contains everything. [Yonhap News]