September 13, 2017 10:41
The trial of ex-President Park Geun-hye and her confidante Choi Soon-sil came to a grinding halt on Tuesday when Choi erupted in a fit of histrionics.
Around eight minutes into the session, Choi suddenly buried her head in her arms and began to weep noisily. Park, who had refused to even glance at Choi during court sessions for the last four months, turned around and stared at her. When Choi continued to sob uncontrollably, the presiding judge ordered a 20-minute break.
After the break, one of Choi's lawyers said she was upset that her daughter Chung Yoo-ra's testimony to prosecutors was submitted as evidence against her and her family lawyer stopped representing Chung.
The family lawyer, Lee Kyung-jae, last week said he would stop representing Chung after she made a surprise appearance in the bribery trial of Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong in July and testified against her mother.
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