Prosecutors Announce Results of Corruption Scandal Investigation
SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors on Sunday will announce the results of their investigation into a corruption scandal that led to the parliamentary vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye.
The probe began in October when a civic group accused Park's long-time friend Choi Soon-sil and her associates of meddling in government affairs without holding any title in the administration and amassing wealth illegally by using their ties with those in power.
Choi is currently awaiting trial for fraud and embezzlement. Prosecutors have also named Park a suspect in the case, saying she colluded in Choi's efforts to strong arm donations from large companies worth tens of millions of dollars. The National Assembly voted to impeach the president on Friday, suspending her from office pending a Constitutional Court decision.
Prosecutors said Saturday they will announce the indictment of Kim Chong, a former vice culture minister, and Cho Won-dong, a former chief presidential aide on economic affairs, in the corruption case, and other findings from the two-month investigation on Sunday afternoon.
The two men are among the high-level officials who allegedly helped Choi use her influence in government affairs.
With the launch of the independent counsel team next week, the prosecutors will practically wrap up their probe into the case with the indictment.
In addition, prosecutors will also mention some facts on transcripts of phone conversations between former secretary for private presidential affairs Jeong Ho-seong and the president, as well as those between Jeong and Choi, according to prosecution sources.
They will give such information as the number of transcripts and recording time but not full details of the conversations as they can directly affect the independent counsel's forthcoming probe into the president, the sources said.
The prosecution will also unveil during the press briefing why they believe a tablet PC, key evidence in the snowballing scandal, belongs to Choi.
Choi has been flatly denying ownership of the tablet, saying she does not even know how to use such a gadget.
Prosecutors have countered, based on a digital forensic analysis and Choi's immigration records, that much of the location information kept on the tablet PC coincides with where she has been. They have also cited testimonies from many people around her who said they saw her using it.