South Korea: South Korea scandal: Choi and Park cases in court
Author(s): UNK | Date: January 5, 2017 | Language: English
Source: http://www.bbc.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/QaxnaD | Type: Text
The trial of Choi Soon-sil, the woman at the centre of an influence-peddling scandal involving South Korea’s president, has got under way.
Ms Choi, a close friend of President Park Geun-hye, is charged with abuse of power and attempted fraud.
Separately, the Constitutional Court began considering President Park’s impeachment over the scandal.
That trial, where the court must ratify or overturn a parliamentary impeachment vote, began despite Ms Park’s absence.
Proceedings opened on Tuesday but were curtailed because Ms Park did not attend. On Thursday the court went ahead anyway.
Her lawyer has previously said Ms Park will not be in court “unless there are special circumstances”, Yonhap news agency reported.
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