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South Korea Prosecutors Implicate President Park in Friend’s Corruption Case

© REUTERS / Kim Hong-JiProtesters wearing cut-outs of South Korean President Park Geun-hye (R) and Choi Soon-sil attend a protest denouncing Park over a recent influence-peddling scandal in central Seoul, South Korea, October 27, 2016.
Protesters wearing cut-outs of South Korean President Park Geun-hye (R) and Choi Soon-sil attend a protest denouncing Park over a recent influence-peddling scandal in central Seoul, South Korea, October 27, 2016. - Sputnik International
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South Korea’s prosecutors suspect President Park Geun-hye played a part in the corruption scandal.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — South Korea’s prosecutors suspect President Park Geun-hye played a part in the corruption scandal surrounding her long-time friend Choi Soon-sil who was indicted on Sunday, local media said.

A prosecution team announced interim results of their inquiry on Sunday, according to the Korean news agency Yonhap. Choi, Park’s confidante and daughter of her late mentor, stands accused of extorting donations from local businesses to nonprofits and trying to transfer money to her firm.

Choi is also suspected of having interfered with the country’s home affairs, including correcting drafts of President Park’s public speeches.

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However, the prosecution cannot indict the country's president as she is immune from prosecution under the local legislation.

"Based on such judgment, the special probe team will continue investigating the president," Lee Young-ryeol, the head of the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office, said at a press conference as quoted by the media.

The presidential office told Yonhap that the results of the probe are "very regrettable."

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