South Korea’s Park refuses questioning by prosecutors
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.