Next in South Korea Scandal: an Arrest in Denmark

Chung Yoo-ra, daughter of Choi Soon-sil, was arrested
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 2, 2017 7:15 AM CST
A man watches a TV screen showing the news program about Chung Yoo-ra, the daughter of the Choi Soon-sil who the confidante of disgraced President Park Geun-hye, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul,...   (Lee Jin-man)
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(Newser) – South Korean prosecutors said Monday that the daughter of the confidante of impeached President Park Geun-hye has been arrested in Denmark, and that authorities were working to get her returned home in connection with a huge corruption scandal. Park was impeached last month by lawmakers amid public fury over prosecutors' allegations that she conspired to allow her longtime friend, Choi Soon-sil, to extort companies and control the government. Denmark police arrested Choi's daughter, Chung Yoo-ra, over the weekend on charges of staying there illegally, the AP reports.

South Korea had asked Interpol to search for Chung because she didn't return home to answer questions about the scandal. South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported that Chung, a former member of the national equestrian team, allegedly took advantage of her mother's relationship with Park to get unwarranted "admission and academic affairs" favors from Seoul's Ewha Womans University. (Read more South Korea stories.)

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