Friday 28 April 2017

Denmark arrests woman wanted over South Korea corruption scandal

South Korea's Chung Yoo-ra, the daughter of Choi Soon-sil, the confidante of disgraced President Park Geun-hye, competes during the equestrian dressage team competition for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. (Lee Sang-hak/Yonhap via AP)
South Korea's Chung Yoo-ra, the daughter of Choi Soon-sil, the confidante of disgraced President Park Geun-hye, competes during the equestrian dressage team competition for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. (Lee Sang-hak/Yonhap via AP)
Choi Soon-sil (centre) the jailed confidante of disgraced South Korean President Park Geun-hye, arrives for questioning into her suspected role in political scandal at the office of the independent counsel in Seoul, South Korea. Picture: AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

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.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye makes a televised live address in Seoul, South Korea. Impeached President Park has vehemently rejected accusations that she conspired with a longtime friend to extort money and favors from companies, accusing her opponents of framing her. Picture: Pool Photo via AP
South Korean President Park Geun-hye makes a televised live address in Seoul, South Korea. Impeached President Park has vehemently rejected accusations that she conspired with a longtime friend to extort money and favors from companies, accusing her opponents of framing her. Picture: Pool Photo via AP

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