Choi Soon-sil Bails on National Assembly Testimony
SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Yonhap) -- Choi Soon-sil, President Park Geun-hye's confidante at the center of an ongoing influence-peddling scandal, said on Monday she will not attend a parliamentary hearing slated for this week.
Choi was originally scheduled to testify before a National Assembly committee on Wednesday over allegations she exerted undue influence on state affairs and conglomerates, despite not holding any official position in the administration.
Choi, 60, who was arrested in early November, notified parliament of her decision, citing her fragile health and on-going trials.
Choi's sister Choi Soon-deuk and niece Chang Si-ho also said Monday they will not appear before the parliamentary probe, citing health problems.
The parliament's investigation committee said it will issue an order of accompanying for Choi. It is issued to forcefully make a suspect or witness appear at a hearing when he or she refuses to attend without a justifiable reason.