The prosecution has requested an arrest warrant for former chief of the National Intelligence Service(NIS) Lee Byung-kee over allegations that the spy agency delivered money to key aides of ex-President Park Geun-hye while she was in office.
The move comes a day after arrest warrants were requested for the other two ex-NIS chiefs under Park. The three former spy agency chiefs are accused of illegally providing a total of around four billion won of the agency's funds to close aides of Park between 2013 and mid-2016.
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Wednesday requested the arrest warrant on charges of loss of state funds, bribery and misappropriation.
Lee served as chief of the spy agency from July 2014 to March 2015 and then as Park’s chief of staff.
He is said to have testified during questioning that the amount of monthly payments to the top office doubled to 100 million won from 50 million won during his term on instructions from the presidential office.