S. Korea Issues Arrest Warrants for 2 Ex-Presidential Aides
S. Korea Issues Arrest Warrants for 2 Ex-Presidential Aides

S. Korea Issues Arrest Warrants for 2 Ex-Presidential Aides

S. Korea Issues Arrest Warrants for 2 Ex-Presidential Aides

A South Korean court said on Sunday it had issued arrest warrants for two former presidential aides under investigation in an influence peddling scandal that has sent President Park Geun-hye’s approval rating to a record low.
Tens of thousands of South Koreans demonstrated at a rally on Saturday evening in central Seoul demanding that Park resign over the scandal involving an old friend, Choi Soon-sil, who is alleged to have used her closeness to the president to meddle in state affairs.
Park’s approval rating has fallen to just 5%, the lowest since such polling began in 1988, according to a Gallup Korea survey released on Friday, Reuters reported.
The Seoul Central District Court said in a statement that it granted a warrant to prosecutors to arrest An Chong-bum, a former senior advisor for Park, who faces charges of abuse of power and attempted extortion. The former advisor was already in custody under an emergency detention order.
Prosecutors are looking into allegations that An and Choi forced South Korean conglomerates to donate funds to non-profit foundations.
The court said it also issued an arrest warrant for a second former presidential aide, Jeong Ho-seong, who also had already been held in temporary custody.
Prosecutors apprehended Jeong late on Thursday on suspicion of leaking classified information.
An and Jeong both stepped down late last month amid the deepening crisis.
In a televised address on Friday, an apologetic Park said her “heart was breaking” over the scandal, pledging to cooperate with prosecutors in their investigation.
Choi’s lawyer has said he expects prosecutors to look into whether she inappropriately received classified documents.
Choi told South Korea’s Segye Ilbo newspaper last month that she received drafts of Park’s speeches after Park’s election victory but denied she had access to other official material, influenced state affairs or benefited financially.

Short URL : https://goo.gl/1I5cqA
  1. https://goo.gl/B5kj0x
  • https://goo.gl/PV3SEK
  • https://goo.gl/Ggj91g
  • https://goo.gl/7JYGYV
  • https://goo.gl/pA6eVs

You can also read ...

An Afghan man mourns in a hospital after a car bomb, Jalalabad city, Afghanistan on June 16.
A car bomb killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban...
Boat Migrants Rocked by EU Political Storm Arrive in Spain
The first ship in the Aquarius aid convoy docked Sunday at the...
South Korea and US soldiers during a joint live firing drill between the two countries, northeast of Seoul on April 26, 2017
The US military has indefinitely postponed major joint...
UN Envoy in Yemen for Crisis Talks Over Hodaida
The UN envoy for Yemen has arrived in Sanaa for crisis talks...
Greece, Macedonia End Naming Dispute
The foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia signed an accord...

Add new comment

Read our comment policy before posting your viewpoints