South Korea president’s office explains Viagra purchase

Nov 27, 2016
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Prosecutors believe Park was a co-conspirator in a scheme that allowed that friend, Choi, to enrich herself by using the power of the presidency to pressure South Korean companies to pony up millions in donations to Choi’s non-profits.

Prosecutors on Tuesday raided the prestigious Ewha Womans University in Seoul as part of an investigation into whether the school admitted Choi Soon-sil’s daughter through the back door. Another former aide, Chung Ho-sung, faces charges related to leaking classified documents to Choi through email, phone and fax.

Presidential spokesman Jung Youn-kuk said Wednesday Justice Minister Kim Hyun-woong and Senior Civil Affairs Secretary Choi Jai-kyeong expressed their intentions to step down from their posts, but Park has yet to accept the resignations.

This photo, taken on November 20, 2016, shows Jung Youn-kuk, presidential spokesman, addressing a press conference at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul.

“The announcement is not truth at all and but a house of cards built on repeated imagination and speculation that completely ignores objective evidence”. But she can be investigated by prosecutors and possibly charged after leaving office.

Park had previously said she would submit to prosecutors for questioning, but her lawyer signalled a change yesterday, saying she would only answer to an independent team of investigators which will soon take over the case.

Ironically, South Korean voters chose Park mainly because they thought she would be incorruptible. But he said he would vote yes on an impeachment motion, according to Yonhap News Agency. The president’s term ends in February 2018, and a presidential election is planned for December next year.

Or the court could overturn the impeachment.

Choi allegedly used her position to solicit funds from corporations that passed into companies which she effectively controlled.

The indictments had been expected.

According to documents submitted by prosecutors to the court, Park allegedly ordered Choi and one of Park’s ex-aides previous year to collect money from businesses to help support the launch of the two nonprofit foundations controlled by Choi.

However, that did not deter the hundreds of thousands of people who took to the streets of Seoul in the fourth straight weekend of protests against Ms Park, in the biggest public demonstrations the country has seen since the 1980s. He says she’ll try to hang on since she has immunity from prosecution while she’s in office.

Under South Korea’s constitution, a sitting president can not be charged with a criminal offence except insurrection or treason.

Given that an independent counsel probe into the corruption scandal, along with a parliamentary inquiry, is to begin next month, opposition parties are expected to first watch the progress in the separate probes before submitting the motion.

South Korean president conspired with her friend, prosecutors say

 

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