SEOUL Dec 28 A South Korean special prosecution
team investigating a political corruption scandal said it had
placed the chairman of the country's National Pension Service
(NPS), Moon Hyung-pyo, under emergency detention early on
The special prosecutor's office did not immediately provide
further details but had said on Monday it had raided the home of
Moon on suspicion of abuse of power.
The special prosecutor has been looking into whether Moon
pressured the pension fund to support the merger of two Samsung
Group [SAGR.UL} affiliates last year while he was head of the
Ministry of Health and Welfare, which administers the NPS.
Under South Korean law, a suspect can be held under
emergency arrest without a warrant for up to 48 hours.
(Reporting by Ju-min Park; Writing by Tony Munroe; Editing by