- Title: Timeline charts key events in South Korea's influence-peddling scandal
- Date: 22nd June 2017
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - DECEMBER 24, 2016) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS, MANY OF THEM DRESSED AS SANTA CLAUS, MARCHING TOWARD PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE PROTESTERS CARRYING MOCK PRESENT SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - DECEMBER 31, 2016) (REUTERS) PEOPLE GATHERED AT BELL PAVILION CALLED 'BOSINGAK' FOR BELL-TOLLING CEREMONY SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - JANUARY 1, 2017) (REUTERS) PEOPLE CHEERING/ POLICE OFFICERS STANDING IN LINE LETTERS ON ROOF READING (Korean and English): "BE HAPPY", "HAPPY NEW YEAR" Protests demanding Park step down continued on Christmas Eve and New Year's Day. A large crowd of protesters, some dressed as Santa Claus, marched to the presidential office holding a banner reading "It'll be a Merry Christmas if Park Geun-hye steps down!" Protesters also joined the year-end countdown at a bell tower in downtown Seoul after participating in the 10th anti-president weekend rally.
- Embargoed: 6th July 2017 12:48
- Keywords: president timeline Choi Soon-sil Park impeachment political scandal Park Geun-hye trial South Korea Samsung Jay Y. Lee
- Location: SEOUL, INCHEON, UIWANG, SOUTH KOREA/ AALBORG, DENMARK/ HAGEN, GERMANY
- City: SEOUL, INCHEON, UIWANG, SOUTH KOREA/ AALBORG, DENMARK/ HAGEN, GERMANY
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
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- Story Text: Choi Soon-sil, a long-time confidante of South Korea's ousted former President, is due to face her first sentencing on Friday (June 23) in relation to charges that she abused her power for her daughter.
The sentencing is the latest development in a corruption scandal that took the country by storm last October. Choi is accused of colluding with ex-president Park Geun-hye to collect bribes from the country's top businesses, and faces a number of other charges which she has yet to be sentenced for. Prosecutors have demanded a seven-year jail term for this single case.
Her daughter, 20-year-old Chung Yoo-ra, fled to Europe last year to avoid being prosecuted by South Korean authorities for her links to her mother's alleged crimes. She also faces charges including criminal interference related to her academic record and acceptance into a South Korean university with questionable qualifications.
This video timeline charts the events of the corruption scandal since October, when a South Korean television network reported that drafts of Park's speeches had been found in a computer used by Choi. The drafts were received hours and days before the remarks were publicly delivered.
South Korean prosecutors on April 17 accused Park of colluding with Choi to receive 7 billion won ($6.16 million) from Lotte for favours. Park was also charged with abuse of power and coercion by pressuring big businesses to contribute funds to non-profit foundations, prosecutors said. Both Park and Choi have denied wrongdoing.
The pair appeared in court, reuniting for the first time since October, on May 23 for Park's first trial hearing. Park's verdict is due in October.
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