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Thursday 19 October 2017

Denmark arrests woman wanted over South Korea corruption scandal

South Korean president Park Geun-hye, pictured with the Queen during a state visit to Britain in 2013, was impeached last month over the corruption scandal
South Korean president Park Geun-hye, pictured with the Queen during a state visit to Britain in 2013, was impeached last month over the corruption scandal

The daughter of disgraced President Park Geun-hye's long-time friend has been arrested in Denmark in connection with the huge political corruption scandal that has rocked South Korea.

Ms Park was impeached last month by MPs amid public fury over prosecutors' claims that she conspired to allow her confidante, Choi Soon-sil, to extort companies and control the government.

Prosecutors said on Monday that police in Denmark arrested Ms Choi's daughter, Chung Yoo-ra, at the weekend on suspicion of staying there illegally.

South Korea had asked Interpol to search for Ms Chung because she did not return home to answer questions about the scandal.

Yonhap news agency said Ms Chung, a former member of the national equestrian team, allegedly took advantage of her mother's relationship with Ms Park to obtain favours from Seoul's Ewha Womans University.

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