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South Korea 's corruption scandal: daughter of Park's friend may be arrested

South Korea 's corruption scandal: daughter of Park's friend may be arrestedSouth Korea issued an arrest warrant for a daughter of the woman at the centre of President Park Geun-hye's corruption scandal, Reuters reports Wednesday morning.

A special prosecutor's investigation started on Wednesday into the influence-peddling scandal that threatens to make Park, 64, the first democratically-elected leader to leave office early in disgrace. Parliament has voted to impeach Park, a decision that must be confirmed or overturned by the Constitutional Court.

A court issued an arrest warrant on Wednesday for Chung Yoo-ra, the 20-year-old daughter of Choi Soon-sil, Park's long-time friend who is in custody and on trial for fraud and abuse of power.

Chung's lawyer has said she is in Germany, where she flew with her mother and child in September, according to media reports.

Lee Kyu-chul, a spokesman for the special prosecutor's office, told a news conference that authorities are working to invalidate Chung's South Korean passport and have asked German prosecutors for information on her whereabouts and financial assets.

Chung, an equestrian athlete who competed in the 2014 Asian Games and won a gold medal in a team competition, sparked public ire earlier this year when it emerged that she had received special treatment from the prestigious Ewha Womans University.
South Korea 's corruption scandal: daughter of Park's friend may be arrested

Her admission to the university was subsequently cancelled. She was also stripped of her high school diploma for fabrication of grades and attendance, according to the Seoul education office.
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