‘Park colluded with aide in graft scandal’
SEOUL: Prosecutors said yesterday that President Park Geun-Hye colluded with her close confidante in a corruption and influence-peddling scandal that has sparked massive nationwide protests and calls for her impeachment.
Park’s longtime friend Choi Soon-Sil was charged yesterday with coercion and abuse of power, as was one of the president’s former aides.
Another presidential aide was charged with leaking confidential state documents.
“The president played a collusive role in a considerable portion of the criminal activities involving the (three) people,” said prosecutor Lee Young-Ryeol.
Choi, 60, has been accused of using her personal ties to Park to meddle in state affairs and of coercing local firms to “donate” more than US$60 million (RM258 million) to dubious non-profit foundations.
She allegedly then used some of the funds for personal gain.
Park faces allegations that she helped Choi extract money from the firms and that she ordered her aides to leak state documents to Choi, who has no official title or security clearance.
Under the constitution, a sitting president cannot be charged with a criminal offence except insurrection or treason. But she can still be probed by prosecutors and possibly charged after leaving office. – AFP