Breaking News: Arrest Warrant Issued for Choi Soon-sil

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).

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