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South Korea's ousted president charged with bribery

South Korea's ousted president charged with bribery

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<p>Prosecutors in South Korea have charged ousted president Park Geun-hye and Lotte Group chairman Shin Dong-bin with bribery.</p> <p>It is the latest twist to a corruption scandal that rocked the country for months.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">JUST</span> IN: Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun Hye and Lotte chief Shin Dong Bin charged with bribery <a href="https://t.co/pR4Zv3egsJ">https://t.co/pR4Zv3egsJ</a> <a href="https://t.co/ySyl8phhdx">pic.twitter.com/ySyl8phhdx</a></p>— The Straits Times (@STcom) <a href="https://twitter.com/STcom/status/853879420477558784">17 avril 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3><strong>The charges</strong></h3> <p>Prosecutors claim Park colluded with Choi to receive seven billion won () from Lotte in return for favours.</p> <p>Park is also charged with abuse of power and coercion by pressuring big businesses to contribute funds to non-profit organisations, it is claimed.</p> <p>Lotte has denied allegations that it made improper deals with Park, or those linked to her, for favours.</p> <h3><strong>Samsung</strong></h3> <p>South Korea’s biggest conglomerate has already been drawn into the inquiry.</p> <p>Jay Y. Lee, the chief executive of the Samsung Group, is under arrest facing allegations of bribing Park and her friend, Choi Soon-sil.</p> <p>All three are being held at detention centres.</p> <p>Park, Lee, Choi and Samsung Group have also denied any wrongdoing.</p>
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