Anchor: The prosecution has appointed a special investigation team to probe the influence-peddling scandal surrounding President Park Geun-hye's confidante Choi Soon-sil. The team will look into allegations that Choi meddled in state affairs and embezzled funds from the Mir and K-Sports foundations.
Our Kim In-kyung has more.
Report: The Supreme Prosecutors' Office has established a special investigation team to probe mounting allegations surrounding Choi Soon-sil, a close confidant of President Park Geun-hye.
Prosecutor General Kim Soo-nam on Thursday ordered the installation of the team, which will be led by the chief of the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office.
In order to avoid any controversy over the fairness of the probe, the team will investigate the case independently and only report the results to the prosecutor general.
The measure was taken to prevent the usual mechanism whereby the Supreme Prosecutors' Office reports to the Ministry of Justice, which in turn reports to the presidential office.
The special investigation team will look into whether Choi or the presidential office intervened in establishing and raising funds for the Mir and K-Sports foundations.
It will also probe whether Choi misappropriated or tried to embezzle funds from the foundations, if government documents such as presidential speeches were leaked to her and if her daughter received preferential treatment when she was accepted to Ewha Womans University.
However, both the ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea have decided to appoint a special prosecutor to probe the case. As a result, the special investigation team is expected to handle the case only until an independent counsel is named and hands over its results.
Kim In-kyung, KBS World Radio News.
Source: KBS World Radio