Prosecutors searched the offices of key aides of National Assembly speaker Park Hee-tae on Thursday in connection with an alleged vote-buying scheme during the Grand National Party’s 2008 leadership election. The prosecutors are also said to be planning to question Park, but have yet to decide on how to proceed because of his position as National Assembly speaker. In the raid, investigators searched and seized evidence from the offices of Park’s chief secretary for policies, Cho Jeong-man, and chief secretary for state affairs, Lee Bong-gun. In addition, the investigators also searched the National Assembly speaker’s ancillary office where a secretary works. The three played key roles during Park’s campaign for the party leadership. Cho, who has worked for Park for more than 20 years, was in charge of financial and organizational matters during the campaign, while Lee served in a public relations role.
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