Cho’s case has deepened the political divide in South Korea as his supporters – and critics – march in Seoul. [Heo Ran/Reuters]

Prosecutors in South Korea on Thursday summoned the country’s former justice minister as they expand an investigation into corruption allegations surrounding his family that sparked huge protests.

Cho Kuk’s questioning at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office follows the arrests of his wife, brother and another relative over their suspected involvement in financial crimes and faking credentials to help get Cho’s daughter into medical school and obtain scholarships. 

Cho, a reformist law professor and confidant of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, resigned as minister last month, citing the burden of the investigation into his family. He has denied any legal wrongdoing

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