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President Park Geun-hye & Choi Soon-sil
« on: October 29, 2016, 01:47:12 PM »

Another huge cult story is exploding across Korea. Well, at least there's a cult and a cult leader involved in the scandal's beginnings decades ago.

Below is the start of a collection of links. Lazy blogging I know, but I like lists, and I like having in one place a collection to refer back to later if ever I feel the need. And I think this is a story that can be followed just from the headlines, and there are some great ones with the promise of more to come in the days, weeks, and months ahead. And all this should raise interest in Korean cults in general, of which there is no shortage.

1974
Aug. 15: Original Film Reel: Assassination Attempt On President Park Chung-Hee (Live Leak)

2002
April 29: Former President Park's Son Arrested for Drug Use (The Chosun Ilbo)

2005
Jan. 27: "Is My Dead Father that Frightening?" Park Chung-hee's Son Speaks Out (Chosun Ilbo)

2010
Oct. 24: Assassination of President Park Chung-hee in 1979 (The Korea Times)

2011
June 21: Presidential Hurdles for Park Geun-hye? (The Korea Herald)

Aug. 24: Reliving Yuk Young-soo’s Assassination (Korea JoongAng Daily)

2012
Feb. 16: Park Geun-hye's Brother-In-Law Gets Prison Sentence for Defamation (Yonhap News)

July 17: Park Geun-hye’s Past & Future (The Hankyoreh)

Aug. 28: Slain Dictator's Daughter Turns to Mother's Legacy in Bid to Lead South Korea (Reuters)

Sept. 2: Mother's Legacy Helps Park Geun-hye in Bid to Lead South Korea (The National)

Dec. 19: Dramatic Life Topped by Election Win (The Korea Herald)
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Geun-ryeong and Ji-man reportedly requested in a letter to then-President Roh Tae-woo in 1990 to “save their sister” from Choi, who they accused of being deceitful. Park’s relations with her sister deteriorated in particular as they fought over the operation rights of Yookyoung Foundation in the 1990s.

Park Finds Miracle in Life-or-Death Moment (The Korea Times)
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Park was informed of the tragic news while in France. She was 22. The college graduate had planned to stay in the southeastern city of Grenoble at the foot of the French Alps for six months to hone her French. But she had to cut her stay short after being told that "something serious" had happened to her family. At the airport, she saw the front page article in a French newspaper running the story that her mother had been assassinated.

2013
March 25: The Lonely Days of President Park Geun-hye (The Chosun Ilbo)

May 12: South Korea Seeks Journalist’s Arrest in Defamation Case (The New York Times)
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In his reports, Mr. Choo cited a legal dispute between Ms. Park’s brother, Park Ji-man, and his brother-in-law revolving around the brother-in-law’s accusations that Mr. Park had plotted to kill him and had hired as a hit man the Park relative found dead. (The brother-in-law, the husband of the Parks’ estranged younger sister, lost the case and served time in prison for slandering Mr. Park.)

2014
Sept. 20: S. Korea Wins Gold in Team Dressage Equestrian at Asiad (Yonhap News)

Undated Interview with Choi's Daughter:


Oct. 14: Ex-President's Daughter in Moonie Mass Wedding (Chosun Ilbo)

Oct. 15: Satire is Another Casualty of Pres. Park’s war on Free Speech (The Hankyoreh)

Oct. 23: Province Vows Legal Response to Change of Venue (KCTV Jeju)

Oct. 24: Artist Arrested for Satirical Flyers of President Park (Korea Bang)

Dec. 3: Pres. Park’s Former Aide & His Wife May be at the Center of Ongoing Scandal (The Hankyoreh)

Dec. 4: Park's Brother Embroiled in Influence-Peddling Allegations (The Korea Times)

Dec. 10: Park Ji-man Expected to Depart for Southeast Asia Soon (The Kyunghyang Shinmun)
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Concerning her younger brother, the president stressed, "Ji-man and his wife have never visited Cheong Wa Dae and will not come until the end of my term. After witnessing how previous presidents managed their relatives, I forbade Ji-man and his wife from coming to Cheong Wa Dae."

Dec. 11: In South Korea, Journalists Fear a Government Clampdown on the Press (The Washington Post)

Dec. 15: S. Korean Leader Facing Crisis Over Allegations (Daily Mail)
The Blue House’s Role in a Heartbreaking Suicide (The Hankyoreh)

Dec. 16: Blue House Links Questioned as Scandal Grows (Korea JoongAng Daily)
President’s Brother Called in Probe (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Dec. 17: Prosecutors in Report Scandal Keep Eye on Cops (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Dec. 18: Time for Prosecutors to Get Real about State Interference by the "Secret Circle” (The Hankyoreh)
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The allegations of involvement by Chung’s wife Choi Sun-sil (who has since changed her name to Choi Seo-won) shouldn’t be taken lightly either. The closeness of Choi’s relationship to Park has some suggesting she, rather than her husband, could be the one behind the MCST meddling. Indeed, while Chung has denied being involved himself (he was Park’s Chief of Staff when she was a second-term lawmaker), he was less adamant about the possibility that his wife was. “That I don‘t know,” he was reported as saying when asked about it. There’s also talk about frequent Blue House visits by Choi - and about a Presidential Security Service staffer being replaced when he raised questions about them.

2015
Jan. 14: South Korean Activist Is Arrested Over Remarks About North (The New York Times)
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Ever since Ms. Park took office two years ago, her critics have charged her government with using legal channels to clamp down on free speech, especially about matters concerning Ms. Park and her family. ...

And late last year, several of Ms. Park’s presidential aides filed a defamation lawsuit against the local daily Segye Ilbo after it reported internal documents leaked from her office. Some of the documents contained allegations that the aides — as well as Chung Yoon-hoi, the man Mr. Park was rumored to have met in secret in April — had conspired to promote people they favored in her government.

Ms. Park’s government called the allegations “groundless rumors.” During her New Year’s news conference on Monday, she accused those spreading such rumors of causing national confusion.

Jan 25: Blue House Leak on Park’s Former Aide Fabricated (The Korea Herald)

Jan. 28: Newspaper Editor Gets Fined for Defaming President Park (The Korea Times)
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In the article published ahead of the 2012 presidential election, Baek cited rumors that President Park and late pastor Choi Tae-min had an illegitimate son together.

Aug. 19: When Korea Lost a First Lady, I lost An In-Law & Friend (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Aug. 21, 2015: First Lady’s Death Alters Politics (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Sept. 10: President’s Assassin Struggled for Power (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Oct. 20: President Park Geun-hye: An Eternal Girl With a Father Complex (The Hankyoreh)

Oct. 27: Thousands Mark Anniversary of Park Chung-hee's Death (Chosun Ilbo)

Nov. 5: Remembering the Good Sides of Park Chung Hee (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Dec. 11: Top Court Convicts Pop Artist Over Satirical Poster (The Korea Times)
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Lee was also charged for his satirical portrayals of politicians including former president Lee Myung-bak and incumbent President Park Geun-hye

October 31, 2016, 11:27:48 AM
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2016
March 28: Park's Sister to Run as Minor Party Candidate (The Korea Herald)

May 10: Lawyer Arrested Over Illegal Lobbying Scandal (Yonhap News)

June 21: Prosecutor's House, Office Raided Over Alleged Bribery (the Korea Times)

July 2: Hands Off The Press (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Aug. 21: Irreverent Pop Artist gets W2 million Fine for Satirizing President Park (The Hankyoreh)

Aug. 25: President’s Sister was First Target of Special Investigation (Korea JoongAng Daily)
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President Park was the chairwoman of the foundation at the time, but a civic group criticized her and pastor Choi Tae-min, her mentor, for their dictatorial way of running the organization. The group demanded Park Geun-ryeong be named as chairwoman. After the power struggle, the younger Park won control over the foundation. Since then, the rift between the sisters has deepened, and the younger Park has tried to derail her sister’s political path. ...

In October 2008, the younger Park married Shin, who is 14 years younger, but the elder Park did not attend the wedding. In 2009, Shin was indicted for defaming the elder Park by claiming she had plotted to kidnap him and have him removed to China and murdered. Shin was ordered to serve 18 months in prison, a sentence that started in 2012.

Sept. 21: Cheong Wa Dae Hit by Another Scandal Involving Park Confidant (Share Trends)
Cheong Wa Dae Hit by Another Scandal Involving Park Confidant (The Korea Herald)
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The presidential office flatly denied all charges. “There is no need to mention the given allegations as they are not true,” presidential spokesperson Jung Youn-kuk told reporters Tuesday.

Sept. 22: Editorial: How Long Will The Blue House Lie About Involvement in Two Foundation Scandals? (The Hankyoreh)

Sept. 24: Construction Companies Neglected Their Own Foundations While Paying Huge Sums to Mir & K-Sports (The Hankyoreh)

Sept. 30: Civic Group Seeks Probe into Park’s Confidants (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Oct. 1: Destroying Evidence? Chaebol Shreds Documents Related to Mir and K-Sports Foundations (The Hankyoreh)

Oct. 4: Opposition Zeros in on Mir & K-Sports Scandal (The Korea Times)

Oct. 13: Key Witness Keeps Mum in Nonprofit Foundation Probe (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Oct. 14: Ewha Women's University Embroiled in Park's Aide Scandal (The Korea Times)

Oct. 17: President of Ewha Womans University Under Pressure to Resign (The Korea Herald)

Oct. 18: 'Soon-sil University' (The Korea Times)

Oct. 19: Ewha President Bows Out (The Korea Times)

Oct. 20: Park Must Take Responsibility For Choi Gate (The Hankyoreh)
Two Athletes' Contrasting School Life (The Korea Times)
College Admission is Too Easy for Dressage Students (The Korea Times)
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Her rival, who is identified only with her last name Kim, won the competition in dressage. Immediately after the contest, police officers investigated the head judge on a corruption allegation. He was quoted as saying that he had no idea why he was investigated and asked the police if there was any evidence to support his involvement in the corruption case. The investigators were quoted as saying that they were "informed" about possible corruption in the selection of the winner of the competition by an unspecified source. The judge was released as the police found no evidence.

Oct. 21: Corruption Scandal Threatens to Derail South Korea’s President (Financial Times)

Oct. 22: Choi Gate Scandal Snowballing (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Oct. 24: President Stumbles on Choi Gate (The Korea Times)

Oct. 25: South Korea's President Apologizes Over Speech Scandal (USA Today)
A South Korean Scandal with Overtones of Clinton's Emails (LA Times)


Oct. 26: Choi Sun-sil Tells The President What To Do (The Hankyoreh)
Park's Relationship With Choi Dates Back 40 years (The Korea Times)
Choi Gate & Economic Justice (The Korea Times)
College Students Denounce President Over Choi Gate (The Korea Times)

Oct. 27: Charges Brought Against Woo for Failing to Show (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Prosecution Forms Special Team for Choi Soon-sil Probe (The Korea Times)
Scandal Over Park’s Mysterious Helper: What We Know (Japan Times)
Is South Korea's President Really Controlled By A Cult? (Best China News)
The President, Her Friend, & South Korean Secrets (South China Morning Post)
Editorial: With Scandal Raging, is Park Geun-hye Still Laughing?  (The Hankyoreh)
President Park Geun-hye Faces Calls to Resign Over Choi Soon-sil (CNBC)
Long Hide-&-Seek Game Begins for Choi Soon-sil (The Korea Times)
Prosecutors Raid Entities Involved in Choi Soon-sil Scanda (The Korea Herald)
Choi Soon-sil Speaks: Scandal Claims Untrue: (The Korea Times)
Public Fury Grows Over Choi Gate (The Korea Herald)
A Presidential Friendship Has Many South Koreans Crying Foul (The New York Times)


Oct. 28: Pseudo-Christian Shamanistic Cult Alleged To Have Influence Over President Park (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Park Fired Eight Officials Over Yoo-ra Protest  (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Mystery Tablet PC at Heart of Presidential Scandal (Chosun Ilbo)
Special Prosecution Team to Handle Crony Scandal (Chosun Ilbo)
Shamanistic Cult Linked to President (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Leaked US Embassy Cable Warned of 'Rasputin' Behind Park (The Chosun Ilbo)
Choi Surfaces in Germany, Refuses to Return to Korea (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Editorial: Bring Choi Back (Yonhap News)
President Park Embroiled in Leaked Documents Scandal (CNN)
Park Orders Her Senior Aides to Resign (Korea JoongAng Daily)
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Choi allegedly had access to top-secret national security documents, influenced personnel appointments in the Park administration, and apparently was involved in top decisions. ...
Earlier this month, Chief of Staff Lee adamantly denied media reports that Choi had reviewed and edited Park’s speeches in advance. Park, however, issued a televised apology Tuesday for having allowed Choi to do so, prompting criticism that the Blue House had attempted to cover up Choi’s role and power. ...
Choi is accused of creating the foundations as slush-funds for President Park after she leaves office. Park denied the allegation.

Oct. 29: The Irrational Downfall of Park Geun-hye (Ask A Korean)
Angered Citizens Pour into Street, Calling for Park's Resignation (The Korea Times)
South Korea’s Presidency on the Brink of Collapse as Scandal Grows (The Washington Post)
Mass Protest in Seoul Against South Korean President (Channel News Asia)
Choi Hires a Lawyer & Says She Will Cooperate (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Swirling Scandal Involving Shamanistic Cult Threatens S. Korean President (NPR)
South Korea Prosecutors Raid President’s Office Over Scandal (Bloomberg)
Influence-Peddling in South Korea: Gift Horse (The Economist)
Cheong Wa Dae Fends Off Prosecutors (The Korea Times)
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Prosecutors: The President’s resistance is unacceptable
Park Bo Gum's Religion is Being Questioned in the Midst of Korean President Scandal (All K-Pop)

October 30: Scandal Unveils Choi Soon-sil's Toy Boy (The Korea Times)
Artists to Join Anti-President Rally (The Korea Times)
SK President in Religious Cult Scandal (New Zealand Herald)
Presidential Office Fends Off Prosecution Raid (The Korea Times)
Culture Ministry Denies Being Taken Over by Choi & Cha
Why Didn‘t Park Cut Ties to Chois? (The Korea Herald)
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“It has been like how sorcery works,” said Chung Doo-un, a former three-term lawmaker from the president’s own Saenuri Party. “For Park, the elder Choi has been someone like a demigod, and I assume it is the case until now. I don’t think there is another way to explain such a relationship but this.”

According to a media report earlier in the week, Park Ji-man had described the president as acting strangely, as if she was “hypnotized,” whenever talking about Choi Soon-sil. The conservation was reportedly with former Cheong Wa Dae official Park Gwan-chun, one of the first among Park’s aides to expose the alleged influence-peddling of Choi to the public.

Kim Tae-hyung, a psychologist who published his own analysis of President Park in 2015, said Park, who lost her parents when she was young, has a “commitment issue,” and the childhood trauma has prompted her to rely too much on the Chois.

“Psychologically speaking, I think the president was held hostage by the Chois,” said Kim. “I don’t think the president has the ability to address the crisis. Since they cannot help now, I’m afraid she may undergo a mental breakdown.”

Mystery of Park’s Heavy Reliance on Choi (The Korea Herald)
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When Choi Tae-min died in 1994, at age 78, Park’s reliance upon him had not dwindled -- it had only moved onto his daughter, Soon-sil, who has also recently been known as Seo-won.

Shortly before he died, the late cult leader made more eccentric remarks than ever, according to magazine articles at the time. He reportedly said in public occasions that he was communicating directly with God and that his blood was white in color, unlike ordinary people.

Scandal-Ridden Presidential Aide Choi Soon-sil Returns (The Korea Herald)
South Korea Presidential Aides Resign Over Influence Scandal (The Wall Street Journal)
Choi Soon-sil Returns; Blue House Raid by Voluntary Submission Continues (The Korea Herald)
Choi Soon-sil Returns, Vows to Attend Prosecutorial Questioning (The Korea Herald)
Choi Soon-sil, Woman at Center of Political Scandal, Returns to S. Korea (Yonhap News)
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The return came a day after prosecutors raided homes of presidential aides suspected of being involved in the process, as the investigators accelerated their probe into the case.

They also attempted to raid the offices of the aides, but the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae refused them entry, citing the need to protect state secrets. ...  Prosecutors said they attempted to raid the offices a second time Sunday morning but were again denied entry.

Instead of allowing the investigators to directly search the offices, the presidential office is known to be providing documents demanded by the prosecution, which it did on Saturday as well. Prosecutors, however, earlier said the documents provided on the first raid attempt fell short of their requirements and were rather insignificant materials.

Choi Soon-sil Given Time to Destroy Evidence (The Korea Times)
Park Hae-jin to Take Measures Against Malicious Rumors (The Korea Times)
Park Friend at Center of South Korean Presidential Crisis Returns to Face Scandal (The Japan Times)
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Choi Soon-sil was seen in photographs with Park from 1979 when Park, as eldest daughter of then-President Park Chung-hee, was filling in as first lady for her assassinated mother. Park’s father, who took power in a military coup in 1961, was shot dead by his disgruntled spy chief later in 1979.

Choi was someone “who gave me help when I was going through a difficult time,” Park said in a brief televised address Tuesday. Choi Soon-sil’s ex-husband also served as a top aide to Park until her presidential election victory in 2012.

Oct. 31: Daughter of Cult Leader With Influence Over SK's Leadership Says 'I Deserve Death' (Business Insider)
The Mystical, Occult Underbelly of South Korea’s Fascism (LA Progressive)
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Last but not least, Choi’s daughter, a competitive equestrian rider, is given a suspect admission into an elite women’s college, which suddenly creates a special entrance category for students who excel in equestrian sports. When Choi’s daughter comes in second in a national equestrian competition in 2013, Park fires eight senior officials of the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism, and the Korean Equestrian Foundation is investigated and audited.

In 1974, a disaffected Japanese-Korean would attempt to assassinate President Park during a public speech. The agile Park ducks, and the bullet hits his wife who is sitting behind him. Mayhem results. Eventually the assassin is subdued and the first lady’s dying corpse is dragged out. Park returns to the podium, dusts off his jacket, and then says, without flinching or hesitating, “As I was saying…” and continues his speech, as if nothing had happened. Stoicism or psychopathy? The historical record points to the latter.
Note: Yuk Young-soo's Wikipedia also mentions Park continuing his speech after her death.
The reference is Korean Phoenix: A Nation from the Ashes

Ewha Under Probe over Choi's Daughter (The Korea Times)
Education Ministry Probes Choi's Daughter (The Korea Herald)
Park’s Fall From Grace Just Business as Usual in S. Korea (Asia Times)
Friend’s Daughter Got Unusual Loan (Korea JoongAng Daily)
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Other allegations involve Choi and a close acquaintance using their influence in a corporate takeover, signaling that her influence extended beyond political affairs. Choi and film director Cha Eun-taek and other aides are suspected of pressing a small advertising company to sell its shares in Poreka, an advertising affiliate of steel maker Posco that was later taken over by the advertising company Comm. Together. A source from Comm. Together confirmed that the movie director and close friends threatened the advertising company.

Choi Flies Back to Korea & Isn’t Even Questioned (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Choi Soon-sil, President’s Controversial Friend, Returns to Korea (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Friend’s Daughter Got Unusual Loan (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Choi Gate Shakes Up Entertainment Circle (The Korea Times)
30,000 Call on Park to Step Down (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Are We Living in 'Republic of Choi'? (The Korea Times)
Plot Thickens in Crony Scandal (Chosun Ilbo)
Ko Young-tae Claims Tablet PC is Not His (The Korea Times)
Choi Soon-sil Lied About Tablet PC (The Korea Times)
Ex-Presidential Secretary Caught Trying to Influence Witness (The Korea Times)


Choi Soon-sil to be Questioned Monday 3 pm (The Korea Times)
Choi Soon-sil Apologizes as She Appears at Prosecutors' Office (Yonhap News)
Choi Gets "Shadow President" Grilling (The Korea Herald)
Choi Soon-sil: I've Committed a Capital Offense (The Korea Times)
The Choi Sun-sil Scandal & The Slavery of South Korea’s Leadership Class (The Hankyoreh)

Nov. 1: The Choi Soon-sil Gate: The Saddest Political Drama Ever Told (Korean Expose)
China & Japan Closely Watching the Ongoing Choi Sun-sil Scandal  (The Hankyoreh)
Will Park Face Criminal Investigation? (The Korea Times)
Editorial: Not Even Pres. Park Should Be Off Limits in Choi Sun-sil Investigation (The Hankyoreh)
Choi Soon-sil Met by Angry Mob on Arrival for Questioning (Chosun Ilbo)
Prada: An Unexpected Beneficiary of Choi Gate (The Korea Times)
Assembly May Probe Choi Gate (The Korea Times)
Standard Chartered & Citibank Under Probe Over Choi Gate (The Korea Times)
Prosecutors Place Choi Soon-sil Under Emergency Detention After Questioning (The Korea Herald)
Protesters Stage Nonstop Anti-President Rally (The Korea Times)
Choi Soon-sil Arrested Without Warrant (The Korea Herald)
New Allegations Involve Choi's Older Sister & Niece (The Korea Times)
Choi is Finally Forced to Explain Her Influence (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Reporter‘s Column: A President in Isolation (The Korea Herald)
Ex-Presidential Secretary Faces Investigation Over Choi Scandal
Avid Fans of Park Geun-hye Remain Unshaken (The Korea Herald)
Who's Who in Choi Scandal (The Korea Herald)
Without a Pass, Choi Sun-sil Routinely Sailed Through Blue House Security (The Hankyoreh)
Choi Scandal Undermines Confidence in Democracy (The Korea Herald)
Mobile Games Mocking Choi Soon-sil Emerge in Korea (The Korea Herald)
Park Should Own Up (The Korea Herald)
2014 Sports Event Moved Possibly to Please Yoo-ra (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Prosecutors to Seek Arrest Warrant for Choi Today (The Korea Times)
Is Park Geun-hye a Cultist? (The Korea Times)
Presidential Office Calls for Calm Amid Snowballing Scandal (The Korea Herald)
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Presidential spokesman Jung Youn-kuk made the appeal when asked about yet another allegation that Choi Soon-sil, at the center of the scandal, had entered and left the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae without going through a security check since Park took office in February 2013. Choi is a private citizen with no security clearance.

Law Professor Jeong Hwang of Hangkuk University of Foreign Studies on Choi Gate (Elise Hu - NPR)
Prosecutors Raid Banks Related to Choi Soon-sil (Yonhap News)
Park Politically Crippled (The Korea Times)
Abnormal, Deformed, Stupid: North Korea Comments on South’s Govt. Scandal (Hindustan Times)
News Analysis: Choi Sun-sil at the Core of Quickening Prosecutors’ Investigation (The Hankyoreh)

Excavator Rams Prosecution Office, Leaving Security Guard Injured (The Korea Times)
South Korean Man Rams Prosecution Office: I Came Here to Help Her Die (Associated Press)


Great Footage Here. A for effort, C for planning.

November 05, 2016, 01:39:12 PM
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Re: President Park Geun-hye & Choi Soon-sil
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2016, 01:39:12 PM »
Nov. 2: ‘Crown Prince’ Said to Wield Undue Influence (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Koreans Really Hate Their President’s Secret Shamanistic-Evangelical Advisor (Foreign Policy)
How South Korea Can Weather Park Geun-hye’s Existential Crisis (The Washington Post)
Furious Korean Students at US University Join Park Protest Rally (The Korea Times)
FKI Admits Blue House Pressure on Foundations (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Mothers Boycott Clothing Tied to Choi (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Park Must Face the Music (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Ex-presidential Secretary Grilled Over Political Scandal (Yonhap)
Choi Scandal Put National Security at Stake (The Korea Times)
Park Seems Determined to Stay in Office Despite Public Outcry (The Korea Times)
Seoul Mayor & Ahn Declare All-Out War on Park (The Korea Herald)
Senior Leaders' Group Speak Out Against Park (The Korea Herald)
World Watching Korea: Nation Should Not Become a Laughing Stock Any More  :) (The Korea Herald)
Prosecutors Look into Suspected Samsung Payments to Choi Soon-sil (The Korea Herald)
Interview: Indecisive Park Geun-hye Needed Advice From Outside Mentor (The Hankyoreh)
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Jeon also shared a story about a “trembling” Park - then leader of the Hannara Party - calling someone for advice in 2006 when the opposition Uri Party attempted to force a National Assembly vote on the relocation of South Korea’s administrative capital from Seoul to Sejong (Jeon was Hannara spokesperson at the time).

“The capital relocation vote was a very urgent, very serious situation, and [Park] was just trembling,” said Jeon, who was a party spokesperson at the time. “I got so frustrated that I said, ‘Why don’t you just call [the person you usually do]?” she recalled. “No sooner did I finish speaking than she went to her corner and called. I saw that, and my heart just sank.”

Top Babywear Brand Hit for Relationship with Choi (The Korea Times)
Choi Might Have Influenced Arms Procurements (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Former Blue House Secretary An Questioned Over Role in Scandal (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Choi Scandal Stains Entire Family (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Chaebol on Edge Over Donations to Choi (The Korea Times)
Suspicions Re-emerge Over Seven Missing Hours (The Korea Times)
FKI Admits Blue House Pressure on Foundations (Korea KoongAng Daily)

Nov. 3: Everything You Need to Know About South Korea’s Extraordinary Presidential Scandal (The Washington Post)
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After her mother was assassinated, Park became close not only to Choi Tae-min but also to one of his daughters, Choi Soon-sil, who is four years younger than Park. South Korean media are reporting that Choi Soon-sil “inherited” her father’s ability to communicate with Park’s mother, and that she took on the role of delivering messages from beyond the grave after the elder Choi died.

Choi Soon-sil Gate Parodies: Let the Fun Times Roll (Korea Expose)
Comply with Probe Sincerely (Korea JoongAng Daily)
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Her lawyer said her plea for forgiveness and her legal accountability are two different things.  :)
She, however, refuses to answer and denies the hard evidence and testimonies against her. Even the investigators are stunned by her audacity.

Koreans of all Walks of Life Petition for Probe (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Samsung’s Money Tied to Scandal (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Prosecutors Seek Warrant to Arrest Woman at Center of Political Scandal (Yonhap Updated Nov. 3)
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Prosecutors also put An under emergency detention Wednesday night, saying he's denying the charges against him and has pressured other key witnesses to give false statements. Unless put into custody, An is also feared to destroy evidence, they said. Prosecutors have 48 hours to request a warrant to formally arrest him.

Park Fights Back With PM Nomination (The Korea Times)
Did Choi Soon-sil Kill Hanjin Shipping? (The Korea Times)
LA’s Korean American Community Reacts to Presidential Scandal in South Korea (SCPR)
Congratulations South Korea, You Have The Weirdest Presidential Scandal Ever (Buzzfeed)
Girl Talk: Imagine what Hillary Clinton & Park Geun-Hye Discussed in Private (World Tribune)
Prosecutorial Probe Should Break Fence Set by Pres. Park (The Dong-A Ilbo)
Outcry Resonates Over Statue Idolizing Park's Dictator Father (The Korea Times)
Public Sentiment Against Park Worsens After Reshuffle (The Korea Times)
Visual Arts Director Key Suspect in Choi Scandal (The Korea Times)
South Korean President Shown No Mercy in Animated Portrayal of Scandal by TomoNews (Branding Asia)


South Korean President to Offer 2nd public Apology Over Choi Gate Friday (The Korea Times)

November 10, 2016, 11:39:23 PM
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2016, 11:39:23 PM »
Nov. 4: Full Script: President Park's 2nd Apologetic Speech (The Korea Times)
Park Says She Will Accept Prosecutorial Probe Over Choi Scandal (The Korea Herald)
Voice Shaking, S. Korean Leader Says Scandal 'All My Fault' (The New York Times)
Park Geun-hye the Pitiful (The Korean Foreigner)
Citizens Still Angry After President's Emotional Speech (The Korea Times)

Prosecution to Explore Next Moves on Park (The Korea Herald)
Calls for Criminal Investigation of Park Mounting (Korea JoongAng Daily)
32 Prosecutors Look into Choi Soon-sil Scandal (The Korea Times)
It's Choi Soon-sil's Tablet (The Korea Times)
Unfortunate legacies of Korean Presidents (The Korea Herald)
Korea’s Teetering Presidency (The Korea Herald)
Massive anti-Park Rally to be Held in Seoul (The Korea Herald)
PM Stresses Importance of Safety at Planned Weekend Protest (The Korea Herald)
Is Arrested Choi Soon-sil Bogus? (The Korea Times)  ;D
Cho Soon-sil to Remain Behind Bars for 20 Days (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Strange Memories of a President’s Late & Ambiguous Decisions (The Hankyoreh)
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Even reporters who were pestering the Unification Ministry to quickly release a statement would sometimes give up and go home when the ministry repeatedly said that there had been “no contact from the Blue House.” Officials with a more detailed understanding of the situation told us why the statements were taking so long: after the ministry submitted a draft statement to Park, she would send it back after editing it with a red pen. Now I find myself unsure whether the person holding the red pen was Park or Choi.

There was also something mysterious about how appointments and decisions were made. Drafts of policies and candidates for senior positions at government ministries are submitted to the president via the offices of Blue House senior secretaries and Blue House personal secretaries. Some of the policy drafts and appointments that were sent back were marked with circles, triangles and X marks. A circle indicated that the plan should be executed while an X mark meant that the plan should not be executed. But people working at the Blue House often complained that they didn’t know what in the world the triangle was supposed to mean.

K-Pop Star Psy Denies Ties to Choi Soon-sil (The Korea Times)
Tidbit: Psy's Father-In-Law is a Cult Leader (Asia Pundits)

Memoir Gives Insight into Choi Tae-min Part 1 (Korea JoongAng Daily)

More information about Choi Tae-min is what I've been waiting and hoping for. I really shouldn't be surprised that Dr. Tark was the man on the scene. I'm proud to call his son, Dr Tark Ji-il, a good friend of mine. He's been an endless source of support and guidance through my legal battles with Korea's JMS cult.

Nov. 5: Secretary of the President Arrested for Official Leaks (Korea JoongAng Daily)
More President Aides Investigated (The Korea Herald)
Tens of Thousands Protest in South Korea, Call for President to Quit (Reuters)
Man Arrested After Staging Anti-Presidential Protest on Bridge Tower (The Korea Times)
Public Anger Peaks in Massive Rally (The Korea Herald)
CJ Group Chairman's Daughter-in-Law Found Dead in US (The Korea Times)

Nov. 6: Park Geun-hye Believed in Choi Tae-min After he Predicted her Father’s Death (The Hankyoreh)
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I saw Choi in 1993 after he suggested we meet up. He was going around with six bodyguards -- big guys, which some people said looked like thugs. Choi told me that Park Geun-hye would become president and asked me to help with her campaign. He said that her election campaign should be staffed by the 700,000 members of the Geunhwa Volunteer Group around the country, and he wanted me to be in charge. He told me there was a balance of 1.3 billion won at the Anguk branch of Chohung Bank and that there was 90 million won left in interest.

The South Korean Political Scandal Started With a Card Game in Macau (The Washington Post)
Choi Scandal Probe Closes in on President (The Korea Herald)
Tens of Thousands Rally in Gwanghwamun, Calling for Park to Resign (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Choi Soon-sil - Shaman or Con Artist? (The Korea Times)
'Tough Mom' Beats Girl During Gwanghwamun Protest (The Korea Times)
Park's Approval Among 20-30s Drops to 1% (The Korea Times)

Nov. 7: Government of Cultists? (The Korea Times)
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Park Seung-joo, the nominee for minister of public safety and security, believes he's lived "47 previous lives" and there is a "black box" that contains all the information about him in the sky.
Park Seung-joo Profile Before the Above Came to Light (The Korea Times, Nov. 2)
Choi’s Niece Allegedly Flaunted Ties with Park (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Opposition Seeks Confiscation of Choi's Assets (The Korea Times)
Probes Continue into Choi's daughter (The Korea Herald)
Saenuri Heavyweights Turn on Park (The Korea Herald)
'Choigate' Furies, Institutional Failures (The Korea Times)
Dragging President Park Down is the First Step Toward Democracy (The Hankyoreh)

Nov. 8: Prosecutors Suspected of Going Easy on Woo (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Park’s Plight Gets Worse, More Talk of Impeachment (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Park’s Freefall in Polls Stops After Apology (The Korea Herald)
Don't Call Choi a Shaman, It's A Disgrace to Shamans (The Korea Times)
Scandal Coins New Verb: I'm 'Sunsiled' (The Korea Times)
Choi Soon-sil Asked Gangster to Scare off Daughter's Boyfriend (The Korea Times)
Choi Soon-sil Likely to be Indicted Later Next Week (The Korea Herald)
Park Won't Attend APEC Summit Amid Scandal (Yonhap News)
Editorial: Bullying Businesses (The Korea Herald)
Pediatric Psychiatrist Says Pres. Park Might Have Ripley’s Syndrome (The Hankyoreh)

Nov. 9: Choi Recorded Instructing Aide (Korea JoongAng Daily)
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Choi Soon-sil, who held no official position in the government, gave policy instructions to one of President Park Geun-hye’s most trusted aides over the phone as if she were his boss, according to recordings of conversations between Choi and Jeong Ho-seong, a former personal secretary for Park for 18 years, which were recently obtained by prosecutors.

Samsung’s Foundation Donations Prompt Raids (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Park Surrenders on Prime Minister Choice (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Culture Ministry Admits it Granted Favors to Cha (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Proseuctors Raid Samsung Headquarters in Crony Scandal (Chosun Ilbo)
Bring to Light Park’s & Woo’s Roles in Choi Sun-sil’s Interference in Government (The Hankyoreh)
Powerful Ad Director Arrested in Choi Soon-sil Investigation (KBS World Radio)
Wherever There was Money, There was Choi Tae-min (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Nov. 10: Blue House Aided Cosmetic Surgery Clinic (Korea JoongAng Daily)
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The Blue House was involved in helping one cosmetic surgery clinic, allegedly frequented by Choi Soon-sil and her daughter, to expand its business overseas - and when its attempt to help the clinic was impeded, it went after a consulting firm that graded the clinic as unsuitable for business expansion, broadcaster JTBC reported Tuesday.

Recorded Phone Calls Show Park Ordering Security Breach (Chosun Ilbo)
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Prosecutors have found a recording of a phone call in which President Park Geun-hye orders a presidential secretary to show copies of a speech and other confidential Cheong Wa Dae documents to her friend Choi Soon-sil. The audio file found on Jeong Ho-seong's mobile phone has Park telling him to pass the documents to Choi and find out what she thinks, prosecutors said Wednesday. In another audio file Jeong tells Park that he "sent" the documents to Choi. When presented with the audio files, Jeong admitted the charges. Jeong, a Park aide for nearly two decades, initially claimed that he did not know Choi and denied handing over documents to her.

Choi Soon-sil Still in Denial (Chosun Ilbo)
Companies Must Come Forward (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Conglomerate Tycoons Face Investigation in Choi Scandal (The Korea Herald)
Prosecutors Raid Ex-Presidential Aide's Home on Choi Scandal (Yonhap News)
South Korean President 'Dead' Diplomatically (The Korea Times)
Largest Ever Anti-President Rally Due Saturday (The Korea Times)
Police shielding Pres. Park’s feelings by banning protesters from front of Blue House (The Hankyoreh)

Nov. 11: Universities Nationwide Stage Protests (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Gwanghwamun Rally to Become Watershed for Park (The Korea Times)
President Trapped in Deeper Crisis (The Korea Times)
Businesses Vexed by Probe Turning to Chaebol (The Korea Herald)
POSCO chief questioned by prosecutors over political scandal (Yonhap News)
Prosecution Focuses on Probing Companies in Choi Scandal (The Korea Herald)
Choi Soon-sil's Daughter Wants to Quit University Over Scandal (Chosun Ilbo)
Testimony Implicates Park More Deeply in Scandal (Chosun Ilbo)

Nov. 12: Woo’s Office Tampered with Probe (Korea JoongAng Daily)
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It held responsible two officers at the intelligence bureau of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, Choi Gyeong-rak and Han, but Choi committed suicide after questioning. He had said the Blue House coerced Han into making a false confession.

Choi-Gate Touches Sewol Sinking (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Anti-Park Rallies Today May Draw 1 million (Korea JoongAng Daily)

December 06, 2016, 02:16:39 PM
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2016, 02:16:39 PM »
Nov. 13: A Million protesters Demanding Park's Resignation (Korea Times)


Park Faces Imminent Questioning by Prosecutors in Corruption Scandal (Yonhap News)
President Faces Questioning This Week (The Korea Times)
Korean Shamans Enraged by 'Female Rasputin' Scandal (Yahoo News)

Nov. 14: Prosecutors Get Ready to Interrogate the President (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Nov. 15: Did Park Order "Attack" on Critical Media? (The Korea Times)

Nov. 16: President’s Lawyer Begs for More Time Before Questioning (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Text Message Highlight Park's Reliance on Choi Soon-sil (Chosun Ilbo)
Choi Soon-sil's Daughter Given Dubious Favors by High School (The Korea Times)

Nov. 17: Park Got Free Vitamins With A Silly Pseudonym (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Prosecutors Mull Friday Grilling (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Choi Soon-sil's Daughter to Lose High School Diploma (Chosun Ilbo)
Chung Yoo-ra Cheated Her Way Through High School (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Choi Soon-sil is Sullying Tradition, Shamanism (The Korea Herald)
President Park Geun-hye Will Face Prosecutors Next Week (The Korea Herald)

Nov. 18: Park’s Sewol Disappearance Gains New Focus (The Korea JoongAng Daily)
Matriarch of Ewha Steps Down Amid Investigation (The Korea JoongAng Daily)
Global Press Has Field Day with Korea's Crony Scandal (Chosun Ilbo)


Nov. 19: Chung Barely Went to Ewha Classes (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Prosecutors Arrest Choi’s Niece (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Anti-Park Protests Flare Up Across The Country; 600,000 People Gathered in Seoul (The Korea Times)

Nov. 20: Kim Yu-na May Be Another Scandal Victim (The Korea Times)
President Cited as 'Criminal Suspect' (The Korea Times)
President a Suspect in Choi Case (The Korea Herald)
Park's Attorney Rejects Prosecution's Interim Investigation Results (The Korea Herald)
Opposition Vows to Impeach Park (The Korea Herald)
Presidential Office Expresses Regret Over Investigation Result (The Korea Herald)
Public Anger Boils Over (The Korea Times)
Park Geun-hye Was Accomplice in Extortion, South Korean Prosecutors Say (The New York Times)
Government Stops Officials from Watching Anti-President Rally (The Korea Times)
President Rejects Investigation (The Korea Times)
Choi Scandal Opens Floodgates for Political Mockery (The Korea Times)

Nov. 21: President Park, A Liar (The Korea Times)
Battle for Impeachment Begins (The Korea Herald)
President Hiring More Lawyers (The Korea Herald)
Editorial: Ex-prosecutors in Blue House (The Korea Herald)
Swimmer Park Claims He is Another Victim of Choi (The Korea Times)

Nov. 22: Prosecutors Raid University Over Influence-Peddling Scandal (The Korea Times)
Ex-vice Culture Minister Arrested Over Influence-Peddling Scandal (The Korea Times)
ZARA Korea Chief Attacked for Ridiculing Anti-Park Protesters (The Korea Times)
Crony Scandal Taints Sports World (Chosun Ilbo)
Impeachment Motion Will Pass, If Voted Now (The Korea Times)
Park’s Impeachment Looms Large (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Nov. 23: President's 'Time-Reversing' Visage Wrinkles a Few Brows (The Korea Times)
Prosecution Requests Park Questioning by Tuesday (The Korea Times)
Make President Park Resign, Get A Free Drink (The Korea Times)
Ewha Womans University Raided in Crony Scandal (Chosun Ilbo)
University Student Councils Planning Class Boycotts Seeking Pres. Park’s Resignation (The Hankyoreh)
Prosecution Raids Samsung, State Pension Service Over Park Geun-hye Scandal (The Korea Times)
Compensation suit planned against President (The Korea Times)
S. Korean Leader Under Fire Over Huge Viagra Order (CBS News)
Why did President Park Need Viagra? (The Korea Times)
Blue Pills in Blue House: SK Leader Explains Viagra (The Washington Post)
SK Leader Defends Purchase of 360 Viagra Pills (CTV News)

Nov. 24: President 'a BITCH' in New Hip-Hop Song? (The Korea Times)
Court Reject Arrest Warrant for Ex-Presidential Aide Accused of Pressuring CJ Group (The Korea Times)
Countdown to Impeachment Motion Begins (The Korea Times)

Nov. 25: Impeachment Schedule Falling Into Place (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Prosecution Zeros in on Bribery Allegations (The Korea Times)
Choi Soon-sil Linked to Lockheed Martin (The Korea Times)

Nov. 26: Anti-Park Vigils Across Korea to Pull 2 Million (Korea JoongAng Daily)
1.9 MILLION Take to Streets in Nationwide Anti-President Rally (The Korea Times)
Protests Intensify as Parliament Moves to Impeach Park (The Korea Herald)

Nov. 27: Protesters Caught Trying to Trespass Presidential Office (The Korea Times)
Prosecutors Label President Park Incompetent (The Korea Times)
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A prosecutor involved in the case recently told reporters that "only 10 seconds of an audio file would be long enough for people to storm the streets with torches, instead of candles." The prosecutor was referring to nearly 50 audio files found on two confiscated smartphones of Jung Ho-sung, Park's close aide, who was arrested recently for allegedly leaking confidential presidential documents to Choi.

Nov. 28: Will Audio Files Deal Final Blow to President? (The Korea Times)


President Again Rejects Questioning Request (The Korea Times)
Medicine Purchase by Presidential Office Doubles Under Park (The Korea Herald)
Park Loyalists to Ask President to Step Down  (The Korea Herald)
Prosecutors Zero in on Choi Soon-sil's Sister (Chosun Ilbo)

Nov. 29: Cha Claims to Know Kim Ki-choon (The Korea JoongAng Daily)
Park Allows Her Justice Minister to Resign (The Korea JoongAng Daily)
Lockheed Martin Denies Link to Park's Confidante (Yonhap News)
Opposition Parties to Seek Impeachment Vote Friday (The Korea Herald)
Ex-Presidential Senior Aide Questioned Over Corruption in Construction Project (The Korea Herald)

Park's Third National Address:
South Korea's Park Expected to Offer to Relinquish Some Powers (Rueters)
Park Calls on Parliament to Determine Her Fate (Yonhap News)

Nov. 30: The President Who Never Takes Questions (The Korea Times)
Melee Erupts at Memorial for Park’s Mother (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Dec. 1: When Will Choi’s Daughter Return? (The Korea Times)
Ex-Presidential Secretary Attempts Suicide Amid Bribery Scandal (The Korea Times)
Former Presidential Aide Slits Wrist Twice After Questioning (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Dec. 2: Hanyang University Disciplines Kim Chong (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Dec. 3: In the Toilet, so Park Misses Group Photo With Leaders

Dec. 4: South Koreans Battling ‘Soon-sil Syndrome’ (The Korea Herald)

Dec. 5: Park Could Face Up to Life in Prison (The Korea Times)
Nurse Linked to Seven Missing Hours Under US Military Protection? (The Korea Times)
Choi Soon-sil's Daughter Stripped of High School Diploma

Dec. 6: How Million-Strong Candlelight Demonstrations Are Organized (The Hankyoreh)
Plan to Encircle National Assembly on Day of Impeachment Vote (The Hankyoreh)

Dec. 7: Is Park a Collector of Lavish Bags, Outfits? (The Korea Times)

Dec. 8: Man Tries to Set Fire to National Assembly (The Korea Times)
Park Keeps Silence Ahead of Impeachment Vote (The Korea Times)
Woo Continues to Stay in Hiding (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Dec. 9: Toilet-Sensitive President Park (The Korea Times)
Park Geun-hye Impeached: Did a puppy Bring Down SK's President? (BBC)

Dec. 10:

Dec. 11:

Dec. 12: SK’s President Impeached. This is What it Means & What Comes Next (The Washington Post)
W11 Million Offered for Woo's Whereabouts (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Choi Confesses to Visiting Park (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Dec. 13:

Dec. 14: Choi Attempted to Falsify Testimonies (The Korea Herald)
Court to Raffle Admission Tickets to Choi Soon-sil Trial (Chosun Ilbo)

Dec. 15: Park’s Doctors Smuggled into Blue House (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Chung Found to Receive Special Treatment (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Another Bounty Offered to Clean President of Suspicion (The Korea Times)
Choi Soon-sil: Distort Testimony Or We Will Be Dead (The Korea Times)
The Blue House Spied on Supreme Court Chief (The Korea Times)
Former Newspaper CEO Testifies Government Spied on Top Justice (The Korea Herald)

Dec. 16: Lawyers for South Korea's Park Say Impeachment Vote is Groundless (Reuters)
Park's Clean Toilet Obsession Led to Diplomatic Blunder (The Korea Times)
Tape of Choi Scolding Aide Over Scandal Played at National Assembly (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Dec. 17: Outrage Over Spying on Judges (Korea JoongAng Daily)
President Denies Charges to Constitutional Court (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Dec. 18: Travel Ban Imposed on Samsung, SK, Lotte Heads (The Korea Herald)
Park: Impeachment Flawed, Charges Untrue  There's No Evidence (The Korea Herald)

December 19: Choi Soon-sil Appears at First Court Hearing (The Korea Times)
Choi Soon-sil Denies Collusion with President (The Korea Times)
Lawmaker Seeks to Ban Presidential Office From Destroying Documents After Impeachment (The Korea Times)
Rep. Yi Accused of Telling Witness to Lie About Tablet (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Park’s Impeachment Inspires Young Protesters (Korea JoongAng Daily)
770,000 People Protest Nationwide (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Truck Slams into Broadcasting Firm at Center of Park's Impeachment (Yonhap News)
Has Park Lost Her Grip on Reality? (Chosun Ilbo)
Pro-Park Lawmakers Abetted Perjury (The Korea Times)
Constitutional Court Speeds Up Impeachment Ruling (The Korea Times)

December 20: Special Investigation Team Begins Probe Wednesday (The Korea Times)
Woo Hindered Sewol Probe (The Korea Herald)
Independent Counsel May Probe Perjury Allegations (The Korea Times)

December 21: Choi’s Germany Trip was on Samsung (Korea JoongAng Daily)
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The expenses report showed that Choi and Chung charged Samsung even for the smallest expenses. The details ranged from 2.1 euros for a cup of coffee and 4.9 euros for ice cream.

SK Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Daughter of President Park's friend Choi Soon-sil (The Straits Times)

Dec. 22: Seoul to Confiscate Passport from Choi Soon-sil's Daughter (The Korea Times)
Choi Suspected of Hiding W800b in Germany (The Korea Herald)
Ex-Presidential Secretary & Nurse Quizzed Over Park Geun-hye Scandal (The Korea Times)
Unexpected Hurdle of Corruption Scandal Probe: Inept Lawmakers (The Korea Times)
Dispatch From Gumi: Park Geun-Hye’s Sins Taint Father’s Legacy (Korea Expose)

Dec. 23: Where is Choi Soon-sil's Daughter? (The Korea Times)
Woo Displays Arrogant Attitude Again at Assembly Hearing (The Korea Times)

Dec. 24:

Dec. 25:

Dec. 26: Choi Denies All Wrongdoings (The Korea Herald)
Choi Soon-sil Defends Herself with Lies & Excuses (The Korea Times)

Dec. 27:

Dec. 28: Choi Questioned in Jail Cell But Remains Uncooperative (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Cho Yeo-ok's Trip to US was 'Unusual' (The Korea Times)

Dec. 29: Desperate Chung Yoo-ra Ditches 10 Pet Dogs in Frankfurt (The Korea Times)
Choi Soon-sil Scandal Spreads to Military (The Korea Times)

Dec. 30: Ambassadors' Gifts to President Kept at Choi Soon-sil's Home (The Korea Times)

Dec. 31:

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2017
Jan. 1: President Denies All Allegations (The Korea Times)
Chung Yoo-ra's Prof. to be Arrested for Grading Irregularities (The Korea Times)

Jan. 2: Choi Soon-sil's Daughter Arrested in Denmark (The Korea Times)
Park Meets Press, Pleads Innocence (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Korean Reporter Instrumental in Chung Yoo-ra's Arrest in Denmark (The Korea Times)

Jan. 3: Extradition of Choi's Daughter May Drag On (The Korea Times)
Choi Soon-sil's Daughter: "I Don't Know. Mom Did Everything" (The Korea Times)
 
Jan. 4: Chung Yoo-ra Pins Blame on Mother (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Danish Court Rejects Chung Yoo-ra's Request for Release (The Korea Times)

Jan. 5: Professor Questioned about Choi's Daughter (Yonhap News)
Choi Dodges Questioning Again (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Park Denies All Charges (Korea Herald)
Park's Lawyers: Candlelit Protests Led by N. Korea Sympathizer (The Korea Times)
Ewha Professor Grilled Over Favors for Choi's Daughter (The Korea Times)
Probe Team Says Culture Minister, Former Park Aide Linked to Blacklist of Cultural Figures (The Korea Herald)
Woman at Center of Scandal Pleads Not Guilty at First Court Hearing (The Korea Herald)

Jan. 6: Confidante’s Daughter Refuses to Return Back Home (The Korea Herald)

Jan. 7:

Jan. 8: Man Sets Himself on Fire in Anti-President Rally (The Korea Times)
Korean Envoy Asks Denmark for Swift Decision on Chung Yoo-ra's Extradition (Yonhap News)

Jan. 11: Court Commands Park be More Forthcoming (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Jan. 15: South Korea Prosecutor Weighs Economic Impact of Arrest of Samsung Chief (Reuters)
Choi Soon-sil to Appear at Park’s Impeachment Trial (The Korea Herald)

Jan. 16: Choi Blasted for Shameless Court Appearance (The Korea Herald)

Jan. 18: President Park's Aide Admits Leaking Secrets to Choi (The Korea Times)
Samsung Chief Awaits Court Decision on Arrest (The Korea Times)

Jan. 21: Fresh Turmoil in South Korea as Minister Arrested Over 'Arts Blacklist' (The Guardian)

Jan. 24: The History of a Scandal: How South Korea's President Was Impeached (The Diplomat)

Jan. 25: Park: Scandal is Made Up of Lies (The Korea Times)
Disputes Grow Over Naked Picture of Park (The Korea Herald)

Jan. 26: Choi Soon-sil Screams Blue Murder (Chosun Ilbo)
Choi Soon-sil Fights Back (The Korea Times)
Key Figures in Choi Scandal Probed (The Korea Herald)

Jan. 27: Park Claims Her Rallies Bigger Than Vigils (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Jan. 28: Denmark Wary of Extradition of Choi Soon-sil's Daughter (The Korea Times)

Jan. 31: Pres. Park Vows Retaliation If Impeachment Overturned (The Hankyoreh)
Diehard Park Supporter Jumps From Building (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Battle Between Prosecutors & Police Flares Anew (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Korean Ambassador to Myanmar Named at Choi Soon-sil's Recommendation (The Korea Times)
Investigators Close in on Choi, Seek Park grilling (The Korea Herald)

Feb. 2: How North Korea depicts the political upheaval in the South (The Economist)
Park's Impeachment Motion Revised with Blacklist Allegations (The Korea Herald)

Feb. 3: Search of The Blue House Foiled (The Korea Times)
Park Adds Two More Lawyers to Impeachment Defense Team (The Korea Herald)

Feb. 5: Impeachment Trial Recap: It Started With A Kiss? (The Korea Herald)

Feb. 7: Indie Counsel Intends to Question Park (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Feb. 8: Park Rejects Face-to-Face Questioning Scheduled for Thursday (The Korea Herald)

Feb. 9: How Park Geun-hye Plans to Outlast Enemies, Beat Impeachment & See Out Term as SK President (South China Morning Post)

Feb. 14: South Korean Far-Right Rises Up to Defend Impeached President (VOA)

Feb. 15: Court Holds Hearing on Presidential Office's Rejection of Prosecution Raid (Yonhap News)

Feb. 17: Samsung Heir Arrested on Bribery Charges in Corruption Probe (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Feb. 18: Protesters Hold 16th Rally Against Park (Yonhap News)

Feb. 25: Samsung Heir Grilled Again in Corruption Scandal (Yonhap News)

Feb. 26: Protesters Clash Over Park's Impeachment (The Korea Times)

Feb. 27: Right-Wing Protesters Make Death Threats as Opposition to Impeachment Intensifies (The Hankyoreh)

Feb. 28: Park Absent From Closing Argument (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Impeachment Deliberation Kicks Off
(The Korea Times)

March 6: Park Confirmed as Suspect in Multiple Cases as Prosecution Releases Probe Results (Yonhap News)

March 7: Indie Counsel Announces Outcome of Investigation (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Eight of 10 Koreans Back Jail for Park Geun-hye (The Korea Times)

March 8: High School Cancels Diploma of Choi Soon-sil's Daughter (Yonhap News)

March 9: Park’s Final Ruling to Come Friday (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Court in Final Preparations to Rule on Park Impeachment (The Korea Herald)
All Eyes on the Constitutional Court's Historic Ruling (The Korea Times)
Pro & Anti-Park Rallies to Reach Peak After Impeachment Ruling (The Korea Times)
President Waits For Decision in Solemn Manner (The Korea Times)

March 10: Constitutional Court Removes Park Geun-hye From Presidency (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Deaths & Injuries in Protest After Impeachment Decision Riles Park Supporters (The Korea Times)
Will Park Be Put Behind Bars? (The Korea Times)
Choi Shaken After Park's Impeachment Upheld (The Korea Times)
Park Refuses to Leave Cheong Wa Dae (The Korea Times)
Tragic Stories of the Park Family Continue (The Korea Times)
Court Centers on Park’s Assistance of Choi (The Korea Herald)
Park Geun-hye: A Life Stranger Than Fiction (The Korea Herald)
Chicken Tonight: Many South Koreans Celebrate Removal of President (Reuters)
Park Geun-hye Latest on List of Disgraced Leaders (The Korea Times)
SK Judge Becomes Internet Sensation After Showing up to Court with Curlers Still in Her Hair (South China Morning Post)
Korean Judge Hair Rollers Seen as Sign of Hardworking Women (The Washington Post)
Lawyer: Choi Soon-sil Apologizes to Park Over Impeachment (The Korea Times)

March 11: Park Accused of Illegal Occupation of Cheong Wa Dae (The Korea Times)

March 12: Park May Be Banned From Leaving Country (The Korea Times)
Park Refuses to Accept Ruling (The Korea Times)
The President Who Got Impeached for Being Embarrassing (CNN)

March 13: Police Chief Vows Action Against Violent Pro-Park Protesters (Yonhap News)

March 14: South Korea's Ex-President Hounded Over Dogs Left at Blue House (Reuters)

March 15: After Park Abandons Her 9 Dogs, Officials Deny Responsibility For Their Care (Korea JoongAng Daily)

March 16: Cheong Wa Dae Suspected of Destroying Evidence Linked to Corruption Scandal (The Korea Times)

March 20: Danish Lawyer for Choi Soon-sil's Daughter Dead Mysteriously (The Korea Times)
Daughter of Park's Confidante Appealing Danish Extradition (Yonhap News)

March 22: Three Teachers To Be Dismissed for Undue Favors to Choi's Daughter (Yonhap News)

March 23: Park Returns Home After 22 hours of Questioning (Korea JoongAng Daily)

March 27: Arrest Warrant Sought for Ousted Park (The Korea Herald)

March 30: Park Spends Hours in Court Arguing Against Going to Jail (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Ousted South Korean Leader Park Geun-hye Arrested On Corruption Charges (NPR)

April 1: Prisoner Park's Life On The Inside (The Korea Times)

April 13: Prosecutors Allege Horse Laundering in Samsung Bribery Trial (Bloomberg)

April 20: Denmark to Extradite S.Korea 'Rasputin' Daughter (Associated Press)
Chung Yoo-ra Appeals Danish Court's Extradition Order (The Korea Times)

June 3: Court Frees Daughter of ex-president’s Confidante in SK Corruption Scandal (South China Morning Post)

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Aug. 25: Samsung’s Lee Jae-yong Sentenced to 5 Years in Jail for Bribery (Korea Joongang Daily)

Sept. 29: 'You Are Like Choi Soon-sil' Defamatory, Court Rules (The Korea Times)

Oct. 13: Park Geun-hye's Detention Extended (The Korea Times)

Oct. 16: Park Calls Trial ‘Political Vendetta,’ Attorneys Resign en Masse (The Korea Herald)
Were Park Geun-hye’s Seven ‘Missing Hours’ Actually More? (Korea Expose)

Oct. 18: Ministry Denies Alleged Mistreatment of Jailed Ex-President (The Korea Herald)

Oct. 19: Ousted SK President Suffering in Jail, Lawyers Say (CNN)
Park Geun-hye Attempts to Get International Sympathy (The Korea Times)

Nov. 15: Choi Soon-sil’s Three-Year Sentence is Upheld (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Nov. 21: Prosecutors Raid Home of Park Loyalist Amid Scandal (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Nov. 26: Daughter of Former President's Confidant Avoids Being Murdered (The Korea Times)

Nov. 28: Park Fails to Show up for Trial (Chosun Ilbo)

Nov. 29: Park to Be Tried in Absentia (Chosun Ilbo)

Dec. 14: Prosecutors Demand 25-year Jail Term for Ex-Leader Park's Friend for Peddling Influence (Yonhap News)

2018
Jan. 1: Park Geun-hye to be Indicted on Additional Bribery Charge (The Korea Herald)

Jan. 5: Park Indicted on New Charges for Taking Bribes from NIS (KBS World Radio)

Jan. 23: Ex-Culture Minister, Presidential Chief of Staff Get Jail Term for Artist Blacklist in Appeal Ruling (The Korea Times)

Jan. 27: Ousted Park Regrets Being Duped by Choi: Her Lawyer (Korea JoongAng Daily)

Feb. 13: Choi Soon-sil Gets 20-year Jail Term, Fined W18 billion (The Korea Times)

Feb. 27: SK Prosecutors Seek 30 years' Jail for Ousted Park as Supporters Demand Her Release (Reuters)