31 Oct '16, 6am

Prosecutors quiz Choi Soon Sil, woman at core of South Korean President Park's political crisis

Prosecutors quiz Choi Soon Sil, woman at core of South Korean President Park's political crisis

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean prosecutors on Monday (Oct 31) questioned the woman at the centre of a political scandal that has shattered public confidence in President Park Geun Hye, with allegations of fraud and meddling in state affairs. In the wake of mass street protests in Seoul and other cities to demand Park's resignation, Choi Soon Sil - who has denied any criminal wrongdoing - submitted to prosecutors in Seoul a day after flying back to the country from Germany. Park and Choi have been close friends for 40 years. The precise nature of that friendship lies at the heart of the current scandal which has triggered a media frenzy in South Korea, with lurid reports of religious cults and shamanistic rituals. The media has portrayed the 60-year-old Choi as a Rasputin-like figure, who wielded an unhealthy influence over Park and interfered in government policy despite holdi...

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