29 Oct '16, 9am

South Korea's prosecutors raid presidential office, aides' homes in probe over influence-peddling scandal

South Korea's prosecutors raid presidential office, aides' homes in probe over influence-peddling scandal

SEOUL (AFP/BLOOMBERG) - South Korean prosecutors on Saturday (Oct 29) raided the presidential Blue House, as well as the homes and offices of senior advisers to President Park Geun Hye, as she struggled with a corruption and influence-peddling scandal involving a close family friend. The crisis centred around Ms Park's long-time confidante Choi Soon Sil has rocked her presidency, thanks largely to a lurid back-story involving talk of religious cults, shamanist rituals and corruption. In Saturday's raids, prosecutors confiscated computers and documents from the homes of a top presidential adviser and two other aides as well as a deputy culture minister, Yonhap news agency said. They also searched some offices in the presidential Blue House complex, Yonhap said. The investigators searched the offices of two presidential secretaries at 2pm in Seoul and may continue until Sund...

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