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Investigators raid home of S. Korean leader's brother

SEOUL -- South Korean investigators on Wednesday raided the home and office of President Lee Myung-bak's eldest brother as part of a probe into alleged irregularities in a project to build Lee's retirement home.

The raid came a day after a special prosecutor requested that Lee's only son, Lee Si-hyung, and 10 other people linked to the now-defunct project be barred from leaving the country.

Yonhap news agency said Wednesday's raid was on the home of Lee Sang-eun in eastern Seoul and his office at auto seat maker DAS, where he serves as chairman, in the southeastern city of Gyeongju.

The controversy centers around the joint purchase last year — by Lee Si-hyung and the presidential security service — of a plot of land on the southern edge of Seoul.

As well as a retirement residence for the president, who leaves office at the beginning of next year, the site would have included facilities for security personnel.

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