South Korea’s Park re­fuses ques­tion­ing by pros­e­cu­tors

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SOUTH Korean Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye can­not be ques­tioned by to­day as pros­e­cu­tors have re­quested, her lawyer said, as she re­sists grow­ing calls to re­sign over an in­flu­ence scan­dal that has en­gulfed her ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Pros­e­cu­tors de­scribe Park and her se­cret con­fi­dante, Choi Soon-sil, as co-cul­prits in the scan­dal. They are ac­cused of co­erc­ing top Seoul com­pa­nies to donate more than $60 mil­lion to non-profit foun­da­tions, some of which Choi al­legedly used for per­sonal gain.

Choi was charged last week with co­er­cion and abuse of power.

Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett, re­port­ing from Seoul, said that there were mount­ing al­le­ga­tions against the pres­i­dent, and that there was in­creas­ing pres­sure in favour of her im­peach­ment.

“Op­po­si­tion par­ties say they could launch a mo­tion in the na­tional as­sem­bly as early as Thurs­day. They would then fol­low with a vote on Fri­day. If that was suc­cess­ful, she would be stripped of her pow­ers, await­ing a fi­nal ver­dict from the con­sti­tu­tional court,” our correspondent said.

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