Constitutional Court to Review Information Prosecutors' Office Uncovered So Far in Choi Soon-sil Scandal
SEOUL, Dec. 23 (Yonhap) -- The Constitutional Court requested Friday that prosecutors and a lower court provide their records related to a corruption scandal involving President Park Geun-hye and her friend as the top court is accelerating its review of her impeachment.
The top court asked the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office and the Seoul Central District Court to provide the results of investigation and legal deliberation of the affair that led to the impeachment of the president on Dec. 9.
The request was made in line with the parliamentary impeachment panel's demand a day earlier to secure sufficient information about the case.
After a legal review that could last up to six months, the court will determine whether to unseat or reinstate her. If the court upholds the impeachment motion, the country is to hold an election to pick Park's successor within 60 days.
The court said should the parties concerned fully cooperate, it can complete the current preparatory process before the end of this year and begin a full-fledged impeachment trial.
The scandal gained the media spotlight in late October after a local cable network divulged tablet computer files that showed Park allowed her friend Choi Soon-sil, without any government post or security clearance, to meddle in important state affairs. Both denied all the allegations.