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Denmark extradites daughter of ousted South Korean president's friend

Denmark extradites daughter of ousted South Korean president's friendDenmark's prosecution authority decided to extradite the daughter of Choi Soon-sil, the woman at the centre of a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korea's president, AFP reported on Friday.

Chung Yoo-ra, the 20-year-old daughter of Park Geun-hye's friend, is one of the figures in the influence-peddling scandal that sparked massive street protests demanding the removal of President Park Geun-hye.

Chung was detained in Denmark on January 1 for overstaying her visa, after South Korean authorities issued a warrant for her arrest. Seoul then sought her extradition.

"After having reviewed the South Korean request for extradition thoroughly, it is our opinion that all conditions for extradition in the Danish Extradition Act are met," Mohammad Ahsan, deputy director of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, said in a statement.

Chung "is to be extradited for the purpose of prosecution in her home country," the public prosecutor said.

Chung, who has denied any wrongdoing, has three days to appeal against the decision to the Danish courts.

Chung's lawyer told Reuters that she will challenge the public prosecutor's decision to extradite her all the way through the courts if necessary.

"We had hoped for a different outcome, but on the other hand, it was to be expected. Now we will bring it to the courts and fight it there," lawyer Peter Martin Blinkenberg told Reuters.

Blinkenberg said earlier this week that Chung was ready to claim political asylum in Denmark as she fears for her safety if she's forced to return home.

The equestrian, who has reportedly bought horses and trained in Denmark in the past, has told police that she was in the country because of her involvement in the sport.

Chung's mother, a confidante of Park, is accused of using her influence to secure her daughter's admission to an elite Seoul university, with a state probe revealing the school had admitted Chung at the expense of other candidates with better qualifications.

The revelation touched a raw nerve in education-obsessed South Korea.

Several professors at Ewha Women's University, including a former school president, have been investigated for allegedly giving Chung preferential treatment.
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