Ex-Justice Minister's Wife Collapses in Court

      September 18, 2020 11:36

      Chung Kyung-shim

      Fly-by-night justice minister Cho Kuk's wife collapsed in court on Thursday and was taken to hospital.

      Around 35 minutes after the session began, Chung Kyung-shim's lawyer said, "The defendant complained about her health this morning and says she feels nauseous."

      The judge ordered a 15-minute recess, but her condition did not improve, so proceedings continued without her.

      Chung collapsed as she stood up to leave the courtroom. Her lawyer and court officials were unable to raise her and had to call an ambulance.

      It was the second theatrical moment during the family's trials on charges of shady financial dealings, influence peddling and document forgery after her husband refused to answer even a single question in court last week.

      Chung Kyung-shim is being loaded into an ambulance outside the Seoul Central District Court in the capital on Thursday.

      Cho claimed on Facebook later in the day that Chung had grown "exhausted" because she also had to be questioned for the last couple of weeks as a witness in the trials of Cho's brother and mother, who are also accused of shady financial dealings involving a family-owned hedge fund. 

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