South Korea: K-pop video director Cha Eun-taek charged in South Korea corruption scandal

Author(s): UNK | Date: November 27, 2016 | Language: English
Source: http://www.bbc.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/b4CPLL | Type: Text

A pop music video director in South Korea has been charged in a corruption scandal that threatens to engulf the country’s president, Park Geun-Hye.
Cha Eun-taek will stand trial for allegedly using his ties to the president’s confidante to win lucrative projects.
The charges include abuse of power, coercion and embezzlement.
Mr Cha, 46, has worked with Gangnam Style star Psy, and South Korean boy band megastars Big Bang.
His involvement in the scandal hinges around his links to Choi Soon-sil, Ms Park’s close friend and the daughter of a cult leader, who is believed to have used her status to extract more than £48m ($60m) from top firms, including Samsung.
She is accused of meddling in a wide range of state affairs, including South Korea’s preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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