February 08, 2017 09:48
President Park Geun-hye has backed out of an appointment for questioning by the independent counsel investigating the massive corruption scandal that has brought her down.
Park was at long last to be questioned in the Cheong Wa Dae compound, where she remains holed up, on Thursday. But after the media reported the schedule on Tuesday night, she backed out, claiming it was to have remained confidential.
A Cheong Wa Dae official said, "We can't reach an agreement if the independent counsel leaks the date. The president's lawyers have expressed strong regret. It is unclear if questioning will take place on Thursday."
The independent counsel has been engaged in a farcical tug of war with Park over the last two weeks, trying to agree on a date and venue for the interview and being physically barred from raiding the presidential office.
Investigators insisted that the interview must take place in early February and proposed a safe house near Cheong Wa Dae. But Cheong Wa Dae, citing vague security concerns, said the meeting must take place in the compound.
They compromised eventually, but now Park, who has become increasingly chary of her dignity as her reputation fell apart, seems to have gone back to stalling by any means possible.
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