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  • South Korea: Acting Samsung head arrested for alleged bribery


    BUSINESS circles were taken aback yesterday by the arrest of the effective boss of Samsung for alleged involvement in a massive South Korean state corruption scandal.

    Lee Jae Yong, a vice-chairman at Samsung Electronics and the only son of the ailing Samsung chairman, is accused of...

    Saturday 18th Feb 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

  • South Korea: Park pulls out of questioning over leaks


    SUSPENDED South Korean President Park Geun Hye pulled out of questioning by prosecutors yesterday, claiming they had leaked details to the media.

    Prosecution spokesman Lee Kyu Chul said yesterday that Ms Park’s lawyers told his team they were withdrawing after accusing...

    Friday 10th Feb 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

  • South Korea: Mattis confirms nuclear missile deployment


    THE US recommitted yesterday to plans to deploy a nuclear missile fleet in South Korea later this year, despite objections from China that it could destabalise the security of the region.

    US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis flew to South Korea on Thursday to discuss the deployment of THAAD...

    Friday 3rd Feb 2017

    posted by James Tweedie in World

  • South Korea: Prosecutors reject plans to shame Choi family


    SOUTH KOREAN prosecutors denied claims yesterday they threatened to disgrace the family of President Park Geun Hye’s childhood friend Choi Soon Sil.

    Ms Choi is accused of abusing her friendship with President Park Geun Hye — who was enthralled by her cult leader father Choi...

    Friday 27th Jan 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

  • South Korea: Diplomat defector left Pyongyang for his kids


    FUGITIVE North Korean diplomat Thae Yong Ho revealed yesterday that he decided to flee his post in London last year because he didn’t want his children to live “miserable” lives.

    Mr Thae, who has settled in South Korea, said that he had been lucky to bring both of his...

    Thursday 26th Jan 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

  • South Korea: Samsung chief faces arrest over corruption scandal


    PROSECUTORS demanded the arrest of Samsung chief Lee Jae Yong yesterday as the corruption scandal surrounding President Park Geun Hye gathered pace.

    Samsung is the most valuable company in South Korea and the arrest of its de facto chief and “crown prince” — Mr Lee is...

    Tuesday 17th Jan 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

  • South Korea: Park’s pal refuses to testify to impeachment hearing


    SOUTH KOREAN President Park Geun Hye’s embroiled confidante refused to testify at impeachment hearings yesterday, in what MPs called a delaying ploy.

    The Constitutional Court had expected to hear from Choi Soon Sil, Ms Park’s childhood friend, who is herself on trial as...

    Wednesday 11th Jan 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

  • South Korea: Monk sets himself on fire at rally for Park’s sacking


    SOUTH KOREA’S latest mass rally demanding President Park Geun Hye’s permanent removal from office was shocked at the weekend by the self-immolation of a Buddhist monk, who remains in a critical condition in hospital.

    The monk, who suffered third-degree burns and serious...

    Monday 9th Jan 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

  • South Korea: MPs accuse Park of violating the constitution


    PROSECUTING MPs accused South Korean President Park Geun Hye of violating the constitution as the Constitutional Court began hearing oral arguments yesterday in her impeachment trial.

    National Assembly member Kweon Seong Dong said Ms Park had abused her position by “broadly and...

    Friday 6th Jan 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

  • South Korea: Contemptuous Park opts not to testify in court


    SOUTH KOREAN President Park Geun Hye refused to testify in her impeachment trial yesterday, prompting prosecutors to ask why she denies charges of corruption outside court but will not do so inside.

    The Constitutional Court asked her to testify tomorrow, when current and former aides...

    Wednesday 4th Jan 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World


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