SKorean industry titans made to sweat in scandal probe


SEOUL: South Koreans sat riveted on Tuesday by the televised spectacle of the country’s most powerful business leaders squirming under a barrage of questions from a parliamentary committee probing an ongoing corruption scandal. In the first hearing of its kind for nearly 30 years, the publicity-shy heads of the South’s eight largest conglomerates were grilled relentlessly over donations made to dubious foundations controlled by Choi Soo-Sil, a close friend of President Park Geun-Hye. Choi is currently awaiting trial on charges of coercion and abuse of power, while Park faces an impeachment vote in parliament on Friday which is almost certain to be adopted with the backing of more than 30 members of her own Saenuri Party. Park is accused of colluding in Choi’s efforts to strong-arm the companies represented at Tuesday’s hearing into funding two foundations that Choi allegedly used as personal ATMs.



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