Denmark to extradite daughter of "South Korea's Rasputin"

Danish court orders extradition of Chung Yoo-Ra, daughter of Choi Soon-Silm - one of the figures in the major corruption scandal that led to removal of President Park Geun-Hye.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Chung's lawyer Michael Juul Eriksen says she had been "threatened" by Korean authorities to collaborate in the case.

A Danish court on Wednesday ordered the extradition of the daughter of Choi Soon-Sil, the woman at the centre of a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korea's president. 

Chung Yoo-Ra, the 20-year-old daughter of the woman dubbed as "South Korea's Rasputin," is one of the figures in the influence-peddling scandal that led to huge street protests demanding the removal of President Park Geun-Hye. 

Chung was detained in Denmark on January 1 for overstaying her visa, after South Korean authorities issued a warrant for her arrest. 

Seoul then sought her extradition, which the Danish public prosecution authority approved on March 17. Chung then took her case against extradition to the Aalborg district court. 

"The district court confirms decision from the Director of Public Prosecutions. Ms Chung is to be extradited," the prosecution authority wrote on Twitter. 

"We would like another result saying she's not to be sent to South Korea, so we made an appeal right away to the High court," Chung's lawyer Michael Juul Eriksen​ said. 

Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-Hye was on Monday indicted with bribery involving millions of dollars. [Reuters]

Accused of cheating to gain admission

Eriksen said Chung's main fear was losing contact with her infant son because she had been "pressured" and "threatened" by the Korean authorities to collaborate in the case. 

Chung has been accused of cheating to gain admission to her high school and university in South Korea, but has denied any wrongdoing.

South Korean authorities have also been investigating whether Samsung Electronics channelled money to a German firm controlled by her mother to sponsor Chung's equestrian career in return for favours from Choi and ousted South Korean President Park Geun-Hye.

Park was on Monday indicted over the massive corruption and influence-peddling scandal that brought her down and which has also implicated top businessmen.

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