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President Park's friend Choi arrested


11-01-2016 19:40 BJT

The woman at the center of a political scandal threatening the position of South Korea's president has been arrested. Choi Soon-sil, a long-time friend of President Park Geun-hye, is accused of influence peddling and interfering in state affairs. She was interrogated on Monday after apologizing for an "unpardonable crime".

A prosecution official said Choi has been taken to a Seoul detention facility. On Tuesday morning, a construction vehicle was driven into the Seoul Central District Prosecutors office. The driver said he wanted to "help Choi Soon-Sil die", after Choi said she "committed sin that deserves death". 

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