Anchor: Prosecutors have sought an arrest warrant for Lee Byung-kee, a former chief of the National Intelligence Service, on Wednesday over allegations that the spy agency paid billions of won to the presidential office. With this measure, all three NIS chiefs during the Park Geun-hye government now face arrest.
Our Park Jong-hong has the details.
Report: Amid an intensifying probe into the National Intelligence Service(NIS), all three NIS chiefs from the previous Park Geun-hye government may be thrown in jail.
Prosecutors have sought an arrest warrant for Lee Byung-kee, who served as NIS director from 2014 to 2015.
Lee, who was placed under emergency detention on Tuesday, is accused of diverting money from the agency's coffers to close aides of ex-President Park on a monthly basis.
Prosecutors suspect the money may have been channeled to Park.
Two other NIS directors under Park, Nam Jae-joon and Lee Byung-ho, also face arrest as prosecutors requested court warrants for them over the same charges on Tuesday.
Prosecutors believe that regular payments of 50 million won doubled to 100 million won when Lee Byung-kee and Lee Byung-ho headed the NIS.
All three former spy agency chiefs told prosecutors that the payments were made at the request of the presidential office.
Prosecutors are now considering questioning the ex-president over the allegations.
Park Jong-hong, KBS World Radio News