President Park Geun-hye's lawyer has said prosecutors investigating a corruption scandal engulfing the leader, her aides and acquaintances can question her next week, according to reports. The scandal centres on Park's shadowy confidante Choi Soon-sil, who is accused of using her ties with the president to coerce local firms to donate millions of dollars to non-profit foundations that Choi then used for personal gain.
Park retained Yoo Young-ha as her lawyer on Tuesday after the prosecutors investigating a favours scandal said they would try to question her this week, making her the first sitting leader to be questioned in a criminal case.
The lawyer's statement, reported by South Korea's state-run Yonhap news agency, comes as Park's approval ratings have plunged, after hundreds of thousands of protesters took to Seoul's streets last week demanding her resignation.
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