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South Korean President Park Geun-hye

Friend of South Korea’s Park denies charges as trial begins

SEOUL: A friend of South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the centre of a corruption scandal that led to Park's impeachment in parliament denied charges of fraud and abuse of power on Monday on the first day of her trial. The friend, Choi Soon-sil, 60, who had not appeared in public since arriving at a prosecutors' office on Oct. 31, was led into court by two correctional officers, her head down, wearing a bulky grey prison suit with a number on her chest. She is charged with pressuring big businesses to pay money to…