President Park Geun-Hye’s impeachment hearing set to shed light on Ewha Women’s University’s role in the scandal

Ongoing investigations of South Korean President, Park Geun-Hye, promise to shed further light on the role played by prestigious Seoul institution, Ewha Women’s University, in granting favours to the daughter of the President’s confidant, Choi Soon-Sil.

The scandal over Park Geun-Hye, who is now suspended and faces impeachment hearings, was sparked after it emerged in October 2016 that Chung Yoo-Ra, the 20-year-old daughter of Choi Soon-Sil (a close friend of Park Geun-Hye), had been admitted into the university despite not being qualified.

The University cancelled Chung Yoo-Ra’s admission. University President Choi Kyung-hee resigned in October following a student outcry. It led to further allegations that her mother, Choi Soon-Sil, was unofficially advising South Korean President Geun-Hye and receiving payments in exchange for political influence.

Ms Chung, who has been training in Denmark as an equestrian rider (she won a gold medal in group dressage at the 2014 Asian Games), has been arrested for overstaying her visa. South Korean prosecutors are seeking her extradition so that she can answer questions about her enrolment at the University and other special treatment received. Meanwhile a professor at Ewha Women’s University, Ryu Chul-kyun, has been arrested for allegedly arranging someone to take tests for Ms Chung and fixing her grades while she was away in Denmark.

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