30 Oct '16, 1am

South Korea's 'female Rasputin' returns to face scandal

South Korea's 'female Rasputin' returns to face scandal

SEOUL: The woman at the heart of a political scandal engulfing South Korean President Park Geun-Hye reportedly returned to the country Sunday to face accusations of influence-peddling and meddling in state affairs. With just over a year left to run, Park's presidency has unravelled over shocking revelations that she discussed and sought advice on government policy from Choi Soon-Sil, a close personal friend with no official position and no security clearance. Choi, who has been holed up in Germany since early September flew into Seoul early Sunday morning on a flight from London, broadcaster YTN reported, citing Seoul prosecutors. As well as a public uproar over her relationship with, and apparent control over Park, she faces charges of using her links with the president to strong-arm major companies like Samsung into donating large sums to two non-profit foundations she s...

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