Impeached SKorea leader's confidante to appear in court

Woman behind ‘Choi-gate’ to attend preparatory hearing over scandal that led to impeachment of President Park Geun-hye

Impeached SKorea leader's confidante to appear in court

World Bulletin / News Desk

Choi Soon-sil -- whose name is a byword for South Korea’s ongoing leadership crisis -- is expected to appear at Seoul Central District Court Monday afternoon, having recently ignored a request to be interrogated at a parliamentary session.

Choi became a major figure of notoriety in October when allegations began to snowball that she had abused her ties to President Park Geun-hye for personal gain and was even secretly influencing state affairs.

While investigations continue to determine the extent of the now suspended president’s complicity, existing suspicions were sufficient for lawmakers to overwhelmingly vote to impeach her this month.

Described as Park’s private confidante, Choi has been through no election or vetting process to warrant any kind of governing power.

Choi appeared distressed when answering her summons by prosecutors in October, having been surrounded by reporters upon arrival -- and Monday will mark her first public test since she was formally arrested and charged.

“Choi Soon-sil will attend the preparatory hearing today,” her attorney announced to reporters. “She has expressed her willingness to sincerely go through the trial.”

News of her planned appearance may have surprised some onlookers, particularly considering her attendance is not mandatory at this stage.

Meanwhile, Park awaits a final ruling on her impeachment by the Constitutional Court, which has up to six months to reach a decision.

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