Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye arrives at the Seoul Central District Court on Thursday.
Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye arrives at the Seoul Central District Court on Thursday. SONG KYUNG-SEOK / POOL

One more step in Korean ex-president's case

A SOUTH Korean woman held in detention in Denmark has dropped her appeal against extradition, opening the way for her to be questioned in Seoul over the scandal that has brought down president Park Geun-hye.

Chung Yoo-ra is the daughter of Choi Soon-sil, who is accused of colluding with the former president to obtain bribes from the country's largest business group, Samsung, and other businesses for their personal gain.

Ms Choi and Ms Park have denied wrongdoing.

They returned to court yesterday following an appearance on Tuesday.

Ms Chung, who is being extradited "for the purpose of prosecution in her home country”, faces allegations she received academic and financial favours because of her mother's relationship with the former president.

If found guilty, former president Park could be sentenced to life in prison.

Her arrest and detention came weeks after the constitutional court removed her from office, upholding her December impeachment by politicians following weeks of massive street protests over the corruption allegations.



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