A Seoul court formally issued a warrant for the arrest of Choi Soon-sil, confidant of President Park Geun-hye. The Seoul Central District Court applied for the warrant, accusing Choi of abuse of power and other charges. Though Choi does not hold a formal position in the Park government, she can be charged with abuse of power if she, in fact, colluded with the President’s former secretary for policy coordination An Chong-bum to gain donations from companies to Choi’s foundations. Choi is also being charged with pocketing 700 million won ($609,000) from her foundation K-Sports for two research projects undertaken by Blue-K, a company she owned. Prosecutors are still looking into the charges of access to classified material and presidential speeches. (Reporting from Yonhap News).