Choi Soon-sil, the long-time friend of South Korean President Park Geun-hye embroiled in a corruption scandal, shouts as she enters the special prosecutor's office building that she was ''forced to confess''. Graham Mackay reports.
Angry cries from the woman at the heart of South Korea's political scandal. Choi Soon-sil shouting "I'm being forced to confess" as police bundled her into a special prosecutors office on Wednesday (January 25). A warrant for her arrest was issued after she ignored several orders to go in for questioning. Prosecutors brushed off her allegations later in the day, a spokesman saying "Choi Soon-sil said she was forced to confess on her way to the special prosecutor's office today. I emphasize that is completely groundless." The close friend of disgraced President Park Geun-hye is accused of colluding to funnel millions of dollars into into organizations that she backs, a scandal that's already dragged the president's name through the mud, and seen and bosses from major corporations like Samsung relentlessly grilled by prosecutors. Choi's dramatic protest comes as President Park's impeachment trial is given a March 13th deadline, when the second of two judges retires from the Constitutional Court. The chief judge saying on Wednesday that the reduced bench could skew impartiality. It's the clearest indication so far on the timing of the fate of President Park, who now looks to be reinstated or removed from office in less the two months time.