S Korea president Park Geun-hye 'had role' in scandal

    S Korea president Park Geun-hye 'had role' in scandal

    Nov.20, Seoul: South Korean President Park Geun-hye had a "considerable" role in a corruption scandal involving a close confidante, prosecutors have said.

    Speaking after confidante Choi Soon-sil and two aides were charged, Chief Prosecutor Lee Young-ryeol said Ms Park was "involved as a conspirator" but was immune from prosecution.

    Ms Park has faced huge protests and opponents have urged her to quit.

    Mr Lee said she would be questioned soon.

    Ms Park, whose approval rating has dropped to 5%, has apologised twice on national television but has so far resisted calls to resign.

    South Korea has witnessed the largest protests since pro-democracy demonstrations of the 1980s.

    Organisers said as many as 500,000 people attended the candlelit rally in the capital this weekend, which brought streets to a standstill for the fourth consecutive Saturday. Police put the figure far lower.

    Ms Choi is accused of trying to extort huge sums of money from South Korean companies, and suspected of using her friendship with Ms Park to solicit business donations for a non-profit fund she controlled.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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