South Korea prosecutors question heads of conglomerates in probe over political scandal: Yonhap

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The logo of Hyundai is pictured at at the 37th Bangkok International Motor Show in Bangkok, Thailand, March 22, 2016.  REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom/File Photo

The logo of Hyundai is pictured at at the 37th Bangkok International Motor Show in Bangkok, Thailand, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom/File Photo (Copyright Reuters 2016)

South Korean prosecutors have questioned the heads of some large conglomerates, including the chairman of Hyundai Motor <005380.KS>, and plan to question the de factor head of Samsung Group in a probe over a political scandal involving President Park Geun-hye, media reports said on Sunday.

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The prosecutors are investigating whether Park exerted improper pressure on "chaebol" conglomerate bosses to raise funds for two foundations at the center of an influence-peddling scandal involving a friend of hers, Yonhap said.

Officials at the prosecutors office could not immediately be reached for confirmation or comment. Hyundai Motor and Samsung Group could not immediately confirm the report.

(Reporting by Jack Kim, Ju-min Park and Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Dan Grebler)