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Choi Soon-sil's Niece to Walk Free in June

By Park Sang-ki | May 31, 2017 12:33
Jang Si-ho

The niece of ousted president Park Geun-hye's longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil is expected to be released from remand next month even though her trial for complicity in her aunt's extortion racket is still underway.

Jang Si-ho, was indicted on Dec. 8 on charges of meddling in various government-funded projects for personal gain in collusion with Choi.

But the six-month limit on the time suspects can be held on remand expires on June 7, and prosecutors said Tuesday they have no plans to indict her on fresh charges.

Jang's trial is still under way and there is no chance of the court delivering a ruling before June 7. That means she can go home.

Jang has pleaded guilty and cooperated actively with prosecutors investigating her aunt’s alleged crimes. She pointed investigators to a second tablet PC owned by Choi that contained crucial evidence, and also told investigators that her aunt kept in touch with Park on a mobile phone under a borrowed name.

This apparently prompted prosecutors to let her remand term expire instead of bringing nominal extra charges, which they have done in the case of other key suspects like Choi herself, her drinking buddy Cha Eun-taek, and Park flunkeys An Chong-bum and Jeong Ho-seong.
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