Choi Soon-sil Crony Sentenced to 3 Years for Extortion

  • By Shin Su-ji

    November 23, 2017 12:52

    Cha Eun-taek arrives at the Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday. /Yonhap

    The Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday sentenced Choi Soon-sil's drinking buddy Cha Eun-taek to three years behind bars for strong-arming KT into contracting an advertising company owned by Choi.

    Cha, an undistinguished commercial director who rose to baffling prominence under the Park Geun-hye administration, used his connections to lever a friend into an executive job at KT who then awarded lucrative advertising deals to the advertising company.

    The court said, "Cha was well aware of former President Park's relationship with Choi and of Choi's influence, and it appears that KT would have found it difficult to turn down a demand from Park or her chief secretaries."

    Cha’s conviction makes it more likely that Park herself will be found guilty of her role in the racket.

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