Three incumbent and former top executives of SK Group were summoned by the prosecution on March 16, in connection with former President Park Geun-hye’s scandal that led to her impeachment.
SK Group is suspected of donating large sums to foundations set up by her confidante Choi Soon-sil, in return for favors including a presidential pardon for imprisoned SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won.
In connection with the allegations, the investigators summoned former SK Group SUPEX Council Kim Chang-geun, Kim Young-tae and Lee Hyung-hee. Young-tae heads the council’s communications committee, and Lee is the CEO of SK Broadband.
Chang-geun held a one-on-one meeting with Park in July 2015, and on Aug. 15 of that year, Chey received a presidential pardon and was released from prison where he was serving a sentence for embezzlement.
Three months after Chey’s release, the group donated 6.8 billion won (US$6 million) to Choi’s Mir Foundation, and 4.3 billion won to K-Sports Foundation between February and April 2016.
Lee is said to have communicated with former presidential aide Ahn Chong-bum in 2015, regarding an SME specializing in data transfer technology.
Kim Young-tae is suspected of having visited Chey in prison before Aug. 15 2015, and informed him of the impending pardon.
By Choi He-suk (firstname.lastname@example.org