September 08, 2017 11:08
The lawyer who has been working for Chung Yoo-ra and her mother, ex-President Park Geun-hye's toxic confidante Choi Soon-sil, said Thursday that he will no longer represent the daughter.
Chung stopped communicating with Lee Kyung-jae since testifying against her mother in the bribery trial of Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong in July. Lee continues to represent Choi.
Legal sources said Lee submitted his resignation to the Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday.
"Chung no longer appears to require our legal help," Lee was quoted as saying. "There is nothing more that we can do."
The decision was on the cards for a long time. Lee had been scrambling to hold the case together after Chung's surprise appearance in the Samsung trial, where she testified to her mother's collusion with Samsung in trying to hide the paper trail.
Lee at the time muttered darkly of "coercion" by prosecutors and desperately tried to bring Chung back in line with her mother's defense, but Chung went incommunicado.
Lee said he intends to continue defending Choi "until the end." Choi apparently told her lawyers that Chung would have to rely on a court-appointed lawyer if her own attorneys drop her.
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