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South Korea's first lady to face land-deal probe

Published on Nov 12, 2012 12:16 PM
South Korean President Lee Myung Bak (left) and his wife Kim Yoon Ok (right) arrive at Phnom Penh international airport on Oct 22, 2009. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak's wife will be questioned in writing by special prosecutors probing alleged irregularities in the purchase of a retirement home for her husband, officials said on Monday.

The questioning of First Lady Kim Yoon-Ok comes at a sensitive time, with South Korea just weeks away from a presidential election on December 19.

Park Geun-Hye, daughter of assassinated military dictator Park Chung-Hee, will contest from President Lee's ruling New Frontier Party.

Prosecutors have already grilled Lee's brother and son, but assistant special counsel Lee Chang-Hoon said protocol dictated that Kim would not be required to appear before the investigation team in person.

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