South Korea’s special prosecutor’s office has found President Park Geun-hye
colluded with her friend, businesswoman Choi Soon-sil, to receive bribes from Samsung Group.
The payments aimed to cement de facto chief Jay Y. Lee’s control of the conglomerate, the head prosecutor said.
Park, Lee and Choi have all denied any wrongdoing.
The president’s impeachment is under review in the Constitutional Court.
Choi and Park are accused of conspiring to pressure big businesses to donate to two foundations established to support the president’s policy initiatives.
If Park is removed from office, she faces possible charges of bribery and abuse of power.