S Korea prosecutors quiz former vice sports minister
SOUTH Korean prosecutors questioned a former vice sports minister as their probe into the corruption scandal engulfing President Park Geun-hye spreads to preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Ms Park is under pressure over her shadowy confidant Choi Soonsil, who is accused of using her ties with the president to coerce local firms to donate millions of dollars to non-profit foundations Ms Choi then used for personal gain.
Kim Chong, who served as vice sports minister for three years until last month, is accused of helping Ms Choi’s foundations win lucrative state contracts.
He is also accused of pressuring a former head of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games organising committee to resign after he refused to award a contract to a firm linked with Ms Choi.
Cho Yang-ho, the chair of Korean Air, took the helm at the committee in 2014 when it was struggling with construction delays and funding problems.
He is widely credited with turning the situation around but abruptly resigned in May.
He said reports he was forced out by Mr Kim for refusing to help Ms Choi are “90 percent correct”.
Prosecutors are also seeking to quiz Ms Park over her role in the scandal – which could make her the first South Korean president to be questioned while in office. –
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