Choi Soon-sil Admits to Editing President Park's Official Speeches... but Denies Other Charges

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SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Yonhap) -- Choi Soon-sil, the woman at the center of a widening political scandal, has admitted to helping President Park Geun-hye by amending her speeches, prosecutors said Wednesday.

   Prosecutors presented a "record of statement" from Choi before the court during the second court hearing for the case in which she stated that "she had helped Park by giving her opinions on drafts of her speeches since she was a presidential candidate."

   Choi, Park's longtime confidante, was detained and indicted in November on charges of meddling in state affairs without any government position and using her ties with the president to extort money from businesses. She has denied most of the charges against her.

   "Some of the opinions were adopted and used to amend (the speeches)," Choi was quoted as saying during questioning by prosecutors.

   She stated that was possible not because she was well versed in specific issues but because she "understood Park's philosophy very well."

   Park was impeached last month by lawmakers for allegedly conspiring with Choi to extort companies.

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