Former South Korean President Indicted For Bribery

South Korean President Park Geun Hye is expected to be indicted today on multiple charges of bribery and other malfeasance. — AFP  VNA

South Korean President Park Geun Hye is expected to be indicted today on multiple charges of bribery and other malfeasance. — AFP VNA

South Korea's ousted President Park Geun-hye has been formally indicted on corruption charges.

Park is accused of colluding with her confidante at the heart of the scandal, Choi Soon-sil, who is already on trial for coercing local conglomerates into donating a total of 77.4 billion won (€64 million) to two non-profit foundations. Choi and Samsung's Lee Jae-yong were also arrested and are on trial.

Prosecutors said Monday that they have indicted Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin on bribery charges.

For months, Park's impeachment drama sharply divided the South Korean public with her opponents holding massive rallies to demand her impeachment or resignation, and with supporters staging demonstrations to try to keep her in office.

Park Geun-hye was the first leader of South Korea to be forced from office in response to popular pressure since the founding president, Syngman Rhee, fled into exile in Hawaii in 1960 after protests against his corrupt, authoritarian rule. Shin was put on trial on charges of giving 7bn South Korean won (£4.91m) to a charity that was allegedly run by Park's close aide Choi Soon-sil.

Both Lee and Shin, as BBC reported, have denied the allegations.

NYC Will Require Uber App To Allow Tipping (Eventually)
The feature would be similar to the electronic credit card tips that New Yorkers are able to give cab drivers. Officials say tipping would also improve transparency for drivers to see how their paychecks are calculated.

Woo Byung-woo, senior presidential secretary for civil affairs from 2015 to 2016, was also indicted for allegedly neglecting his duty in preventing Choi from meddling in state affairs and abusing his authority. Prosecutors stated [Reuters report] that Lotte paid approximately $6 million USA to Park for a wide variety of favors after experiencing operational turbulence at their locations in China.

Park was taken into custody on March 31 after the Constitutional Court chose to uphold parliament's impeachment of South Korea's 11th president in an influence-peddling scandal.

The media outlet specified that prosecutors have been advancing the investigation to finish it before the Monday's launch of the official campaign for the early presidential election slated for the May 9.

The former leader was also charged with bribery by pressuring on Samsung to make huge donation to some organizations related to Choi.

His group led months of candlelight vigils that eventually led to her impeachment and subsequent arrest. It is expected to start within weeks and could take up to six months. Park and Choi are accused of receiving $68 million, with about half of that money coming from Samsung.

Lotte denied allegations that it made improper deals with Park, or those linked to her, for favors, but said it would explain itself at court to resolve suspicions.

Recommended News

  • Alleged Facebook killer Steve Stephens found dead from self-inflicted gunshot

    Detectives spoke with the suspect on Sunday by cellphone and tried to persuade him to surrender, police said. Stephens' mother, Maggie Green, said her son stopped by her house Saturday and gave her a cryptic message.
    Sonu Nigam calls azaan 'forced religiousness'

    Sonu Nigam calls azaan 'forced religiousness'

    He has once again requested people not to take a religious angle on his tweets but to think like Indian citizens. Nigam raised an objection against the playing of the azaan on loud speakers, calling it forced religiousness.

    Prince death investigation documents: Opioids found in several places in Paisley Park

    Patients who take prescription opioids eventually build up a tolerance and need to take stronger doses to get the same effect. Michael Todd Schulenberg and Prince's friend, Kirk Johnson , with a low-level felony that wouldn't result in prison time.
  • Gorsuch sworn in as US Supreme Court justice

    Senate Democrats were still fuming over the treatment of Garland and threatened to filibuster Gorsuch's confirmation last week. And he can begin shaping the court's caseload, providing yet another vote for which cases the justices will hear.

    Trump takes time on Easter to tweet about Kansas and media coverage

    Gray pledges to be a "willing partner" for the new administration. "I thought that the country would wake up at some point". If no one wins 50 percent of the vote plus one, the top two candidates will face off in a June runoff.
    Palestinian prisoners start hunger strike in Israeli prisons

    Palestinian prisoners start hunger strike in Israeli prisons

    More than a thousand Palestinians held in Israeli prisons have begun a mass hunger strike against detention conditions. The action is being led by Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader jailed by Israel for life for five murders.
  • CM Yogi compares Triple Talaq to Draupadi's cheer-haran, calls for UCC

    CM Yogi compares Triple Talaq to Draupadi's cheer-haran, calls for UCC

    Several victims of triple talaq too have come out in the open to support the Yogi government's campaign against the practice. If insiders were to be believed, the BJP leadership had started working on it well before the UP Assembly elections.

    Arkansas to appeal state court's execution stays

    If court proceedings are pushed into May, Arkansas will not be able to carry out the executions with the drugs it has on hand. But Baker's decision isn't the only legal roadblock that the state faces as it looks to execute its first inmate since 2005.
    Sai Praneeth beats Kidambi Srikanth to win Singapore Open Super Series

    Sai Praneeth beats Kidambi Srikanth to win Singapore Open Super Series

    I think I suddenly lost concentration and I made too many mistakes when I was leading, ' said a disappointed Srikanth. However, from 4-9 down, Srikanth not only erased the deficit but also grabbed a slender 11-10 lead at the break.
  • A New Harassment Claim Against Bill O'Reilly Has Surfaced

    A New Harassment Claim Against Bill O'Reilly Has Surfaced

    What happens to O'Reilly will tell us more about who is winning the intergenerational battle over 21st Century Fox. The rally is planned for Tuesday just outside of Fox News's headquarters in New York City.
    ESports Just Took A Big Step Toward Olympics With Asian Games Approval

    ESports Just Took A Big Step Toward Olympics With Asian Games Approval

    The only question left now is the kind of games the OCA plans in bringing to the 2022 Asian games. Over 40 countries and nearly 10,000 athletes took part in the 2014 Games in Incheon, South Korea.
    Google Earth New Update Is Set to Arrive on April 18

    Google Earth New Update Is Set to Arrive on April 18

    In 3D mode, you can explore a location from any angle, and even send a virtual postcard of your exact view. This update brings new features like 3D toggle, a new Voyager option, the I'm Feeling Lucky dice, and more.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.