Choi Soon-sil Denied Visit from Daughter

  • By Park Sang-ki

    June 12, 2017 12:00

    Chung Yoo-ra arrives at a remand prison in Seoul on Friday to see her mother Choi Soon-sil. /Yonhap

    The daughter of ex-President Park Geun-hye's confidante Choi Soon-sil was refused access to her mother on Friday.

    Chung Yoo-ra, who was extradited from Denmark earlier this month, went to the remand prison where Choi is being held but was told to go home. Chung has been living in a swish home in Gangnam owned by her mother.

    She arrived at the remand prison on Friday and told reporters, "I only want to find out how my mother is doing and tell her about my baby. I have no intention of discussing the case with her."

    But prison officials did not allow them to meet for fear that they will try to coordinate their stories.

    The two women are charged as accomplices in wrangling illegal favors from Ewha Womans University and other offenses trading on Choi's connection to the president.

    "As a daughter, I thought I should come visit my mother who is in jail," Chung said. Asked about her cousin, Jang Si-ho, who was indicted in December on charges of meddling in various government-funded projects for personal gain in collusion with Choi and released recently while awaiting sentence, Chung said, "I don't intend to meet her as we were not that close."

    Chung added she also does not keep in touch with her father, who divorced her mother years ago.

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