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Viagra and a fake name: Park's political scandal

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 01:39

South Korean investigators have reportedly raided the offices of Lotte Group, SK Group and government agencies as part of a widening probe into alleged influence-peddling that has engulfed President Park Geun-hye. It comes a day after the President's office said it had bought dozens of Viagra pills to treat possible altitude sickness. Ryan Brooks reports.

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BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESTRICTIONS~** Broadcasters: NO ACCESS SOUTH KOREA/FOR NEWS USE ONLY Digital: NO ACCESS SOUTH KOREA/FOR NEWS USE ONLY *~ The corruption scandal at the very top of South Korean politics, taking some weird turns As well as accused of squeezing top companies for millions in funding President Park Geun-hye has had to explain why her office bought hundreds of Viagra pills. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JU-MIN PARK, REUTERS REPORTER, SAYING: "The presidential office clarified that Viagra pills were for altitude sickness for her overseas trips. But the fact that they also purchased regular altitude sickness pills makes people not believe what the presidential office is saying." Questions are now also growing over allegations that Park was using a fake name taken from a famous soap opera, to get vitamin injections more than 20 times at a private luxury anti-ageing clinic." Another key figure in the scandal - Park's childhood friend Choi Soon-sil heavily implicated in the president's alleged fraud and abuse of power. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JU-MIN PARK, REUTERS REPORTER, SAYING: "Korean public expects some sort of corruption from their presidents in general, but why is Park's scandal fuelling so much public anger and distrust? They discovered Park and her private friend were irrationally corrupt. Choi Soon-sil, the friend with no official position seems to have advised Park on everything from her wardrobe to speeches. And many Koreans call Park as "Choi's puppet" or Choi as Park's "princess maker." Many older Koreans are especially shocked having supported Park based on the memory of her strongman father. That family legacy is now being eroded by a deepening scandal you simple couldn't write the script for.

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Viagra and a fake name: Park's political scandal

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 01:39