S Korea pros­e­cu­tor might raid pres­i­den­tial of­fice

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

South Korea’s spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor in­ves­ti­gat­ing a cor­rup­tion scan­dal in­volv­ing Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye said yes­ter­day it was con­sid­er­ing whether to raid the pres­i­den­tial of­fices but if it did so, it had no choice but to do so pub­licly.

Spe­cial pros­e­cu­tors are in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions that Park col­luded with a friend, Choi Soon-sil, and aides to pres­sure big com­pa­nies to con­trib­ute to foun­da­tions set up to back her pol­icy ini­tia­tives. In case of raid­ing the Blue House ... to carry out that, there is no choice but to be make it public,” Lee Kyuchul, a spokesman for the spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor’s team told re­porters in a brief­ing, re­fer­ring to the pres­i­den­tial of­fices. “We are still con­sid­er­ing whether the raid is needed and if needed what the raid should be aimed at.” Park, whose fa­ther ruled the coun­try for 18 years af­ter seiz­ing power in a 1961 coup, was in­dicted in a Dec. 9 par­lia­men­tary vote. She has de­nied wrong­do­ing but apol­o­gized for care­less­ness in her ties with Choi, who is fac­ing her own trial. Pros­e­cu­tors have said pre­vi­ously they needed ac­cess to the pres­i­den­tial of­fices as part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The of­fice has de­nied ac­cess.

Park has immunity from pros­e­cu­tion as long as she is in of­fice even though her pow­ers have been sus­pended since par­lia­ment voted to im­peach her. A large crowd of protesters, in­clud­ing about 200 young peo­ple dressed as Santa Claus, took to the streets of cen­tral Seoul on Satur­day for the ninth week­end in a row to de­mand the im­me­di­ate res­ig­na­tion of the pres­i­dent. — Reuters

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