S Korea pros­e­cu­tors quiz for­mer vice sports min­is­ter

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: AFP

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