Prosecutors detain Choi Soon Sil’s niece

Olivia Jung, Nov. 18, 2016, 9:21 a.m.

As part of a widening probe into the Choi Soon-sil scandal, state prosecutors Friday detained Chang Si-ho, Choi’s niece, in Seoul, on charges of embezzling funds from a sports foundation she allegedly controlled.

There have been allegations that the Korea Winter Sports Elite Center was established for Choi and Chang to pocket profits amid the country’s preparation for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

A number of former and current government officials have been grilled by prosecutors over suspicions of giving unlawful favors to the foundation, set up in June 2015.

Chang, the 36-year-old daughter of Choi’s elder sister Soon-deuk, is considered another key figure in the multifaceted scandal.

Choi, President’s Park’s friend for 40 years, is accused of a wide range of irregularities, such as using her ties to the leader to win favors for her family and close associates.

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