K-pop vi­deo di­rec­tor char­ged in cor­rup­ti­on scan­dal

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

SOUTH KOREA - A pro­mi­nent K-pop mu­sic vi­deo di­rec­tor has been char­ged as part of a cor­rup­ti­on scan­dal roc­king South Korea and en­gul­fing the coun­try’s pre­si­dent, Park Geun-hye. Pro­se­cu­tors claim Cha Eun­taek, who has wor­ked with Gang­nam Sty­le star Psy and the boy band Big Bang, used his ties to a se­cret con­fi­dan­te of Park to win lu­cra­ti­ve pro­jects from sta­te agen­cies and pri­va­te firms. That con­fi­dan­te – Choi Soon-sil – has been la­bel­led Park’s émi­nen­ce gri­se and is ac­cu­sed of using her clo­se re­la­ti­ons­hip with the pre­si­dent to ex­tract mo­re than $60m from top com­pa­nies in­clu­ding Sams­ung. Pro­se­cu­tors say Park or­de­red her for­mer eco­no­mic ad­vi­ser to help Cha pres­su­re of­fi­ci­als and pri­va­te firms so that he would win con­tracts. Cha, 46, has been char­ged with abu­se of po­wer, coer­ci­on and em­bezzle­ment, and has be­co­mes the la­test pu­blic fi­gu­re to be em­broi­led in the snow­bal­ling scan­dal. Choi, 60, is ac­cu­sed of meddling in a wi­de ran­ge of sta­te af­fairs in­clu­ding the coun­try’s pre­pa­ra­ti­ons for the 2018 Win­ter Olym­pics. Pro­se­cu­tors last week for­mal­ly char­ged her with abu­se of po­wer and coer­ci­on, saying Park was a ‘co-culp­rit’ who had col­lu­ded with Choi to strong­arm top firms in­to gi­ving cash to non­pro­fit foun­da­ti­ons the lat­ter con­trol­led. Park has re­jec­ted a se­ries of re­quests from pro­se­cu­tors to ans­wer their ques­ti­ons. As a sit­ting pre­si­dent, Park can­not be char­ged with a cri­mi­nal of­fen­ce ex­cept in­sur­rec­ti­on or trea­son, but she can be in­ves­ti­ga­ted and po­ten­ti­al­ly char­ged on­ce her term is over. She is the first South Ko­rean pre­si­dent to be­co­me a cri­mi­nal sus­pect whi­le in of­fi­ce. Park is fa­ced with gro­wing pu­blic calls to re­sign and a push by law­ma­kers to im­peach her, with her job ap­pro­val ra­tings di­ving to re­cord lows of 4%. Hund­reds of thou­sands of South Ko­reans ha­ve ta­ken to the streets in re­cent weeks to call for her to step down, with or­ga­ni­sers clai­ming the la­test ral­ly on Sa­tur­day in Se­oul drew 1.5 mil­li­on pe­o­p­le.

(the­gu­ar­di­an)

Screenshot from Nar­cos Sea­son 2. Nar­cos is an ori­gi­nal Net­flix se­ries and is the true sto­ry of the U.S. and Co­lom­bi­an ef­forts to batt­le the Me­del­lin car­tel. (Pho­to: fast­com­pa­ny).

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