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    The prosecution is set to indict President Park Geun-hye's close confidante and two former aides on Sunday amid the South Korean influence scandal.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The special prosecution team investigating the scandal said it would announce the indictment of Choi Soon-sil, Park's "shadow adviser," and two of the president's ex-aides, An Chong-bum and Jeong Ho-seong, the Yonhap news agency reported Saturday.

    On October 24, the JTBC television network reported that Choi had allegedly received drafts of the president’s speeches before they were publicly delivered, though she had never held a public post. The following day, Park officially admitted asking Choi for advice on speeches and public relations issues. Choi is also accused of using her ties with Park to extract millions of dollars in donations from big companies into two non-profit foundations she controlled.

    According to the prosecution, An is also suspected of abusing his state influence and pushing the companies into donating. Jeong is facing charges over involvement in delivering confidential documents, including Park's speech transcripts and Cabinet meeting agendas, to Choi.

    The prosecution is expected to announce to what degree Park is to be held responsible for the charges. If Park's criminal charges are mentioned in the indictment, the president's status could be changed from reference witness to a criminal suspect. Prosecutors had sought to question Park this week, but this has been postponed.

    The revelation has caused massive anti-government protests in the country, with people and opposition parties calling on the president to resign.

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    Jeong Ho-seong, An Chong-bum, Park Geun-hye, Choi Soon-sil, South Korea
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