Toxic Confidante Seeks Pardon for Ex-President

  • By Kim Ah-jin

    June 10, 2021 13:46

    The toxic former confidante of ex-President Park Geun-hye has written a letter to President Moon Jae-in calling for a pardon for her.

    Choi Soon-sil (64), who like Park is in jail for corruption, influence-peddling and extortion, made the demand in a five-page letter on May 3.

    Choi Soon-sil shouts on her way to questioning by prosecutors in Seoul, in this file photo from January 2017.

    "I ask you to pardon the female president, who is suffering serious physical pain, and allow her to at least rest her tired body at home, so that her final days will not end in tragedy," Choi wrote.

    Park "lost her mother when she was only in her 20s and endured excruciating pain to take her mother's place," she added. "If Park had not diligently upheld the role her mother played at the side of former President Park Chung-hee, it would have been difficult to prevent social chaos and division."

    "Even former presidents Kim Dae-jung and Kim Young-sam did not spend more than four years in prison" when they were political dissidents, she added.

    Choi claimed Park "already apologized to the public. I think a decision by President Moon could build up sympathy."

    She later told news media that she was driven to write the letter because it "broke her heart" to see Park suffer because of her. Park (70) is serving a a 22-year jail sentence for crimes often committed in collusion with, and at the instigation of, Choi.

    Cheong Wa Dae merely said the letter "was delivered through the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission and a response was given."

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