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South Korea prosecutor may ask acting president to allow Blue House search
February 3, 2017 / 6:16 AM / 8 months ago

South Korea prosecutor may ask acting president to allow Blue House search

People march toward the Presidential Blue House during a protest demanding South Korean President Park Geun-hye's resignation in Seoul, South Korea, January 7, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Files

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean special prosecutor’s office said on Friday it may ask the acting president to intervene to allow a search of the presidential Blue House offices as part of an investigation into a graft scandal involving President Park Geun-hye.

The Blue House earlier on Friday blocked investigators from executing a search warrant for its offices, citing security reasons.

Special prosecution spokesman Lee Kyu-chul told reporters the office had no means to override the presidential office’s objections but believed approval from acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn would provide grounds to conduct a search of the presidential offices.

Hwang, who is also prime minister, became acting president after President Park was impeached by parliament and stripped of her powers, while she awaits a court decision on her fate.

Reporting by Ju-min Park, writing by Se Young Lee

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