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    S Korean Probe Team to Launch Independent Inquiry Into Park Corruption Scandal

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    South Korea’s independent probe team will launch a full-fledged investigation into the corruption scandal involving President Park Geun-hye and her “secret adviser” Choi Soon-sil, according to Yonhap.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The team will hold its signboard hanging ceremony on Wednesday but the investigation may start any time soon, the Yonhap news agency said on Sunday citing the team’s spokesman, Lee Kyu-chul.

    According to the agency, the team will pay special attention to the president and her confidante’s role in fundraising of Mir and K-Sports public organizations as well as examine Choi’s personal benefits, secured from the administration and corporations.

    On December 9, South Korea's parliament voted in favor of removing Park from office, after the president got involved in the political scandal around Choi, who pressured the county's biggest corporations and extorted money from them for her non-commercial funds abroad.

    South Korea's Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn has become acting president until the constitutional court approves or rejects the motion.

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