Prosecutors Zero in on Choi Soon-sil's Sister

      November 28, 2016 12:45

      Prosecutors on Saturday summoned for questioning the sister of Choi Soon-sil, who is at the center of a massive corruption scandal that has engulfed President Park Geun-hye.

      Choi Soon-deuk is the older sister of Soon-sil and apparently took care of Park when she was injured in a slasher attack back in 2006. Sources have claimed that it was Soon-deuk who was the brains behind Soon-sil's bizarre extortion racket.

      An investigation into the Ministry of Health and Welfare revealed that a private doctor prescribed various quack aging remedies for Park in the names of both Choi sisters.

      According to the law, medication and other treatments involving the president must go through the official physician at Cheong Wa Dae as her health is considered a state matter.

      Choi Soon-deuk leaves the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Saturday. /Yonhap

      Meanwhile, prosecutors said that Soon-sil, who denies all charges, finally confessed to telling Park to appoint key officials to her dubious K-Sports Foundation.

      The confession came after prosecutors played her recorded telephone calls found in the mobile phone of Jeong Ho-seong, Park's former secretary for private presidential affairs.

      When prosecutors asked her if the voice was hers, Soon-sil said yes and asked if all her conversations with Jeong had been recorded. Prosecutors say the recordings constitute the core of evidence linking Park and Choi to major offenses.

      Jeong has claimed that he recorded all phone calls with Park and Choi to ensure he did not forget any instructions. Jeong had three or four different mobile phones, which all contained recordings of conversations with Park and Choi.

      Jeong saved his old mobile phones, which were confiscated by prosecutors in a raid on his home, and there are rumors that some of them are even more explosive than what has so far become public.

      A prosecution spokesman said, "It has been revealed that Park went through Jeong in delivering classified documents to Choi and ask her for advice on state affairs. Because of the recorded phone conversations, we were able to announce that the possibility of proving the charges is 99 percent." 

      • Copyright © Chosunilbo &
      Previous Next
      All Headlines Back to Top