Samsung in Korean presidential cult scandal

This video says about itself:

5 November 2016

Thousands of South Korean residents took to the streets in Seoul on Saturday night, to express their discontent about the scandal that President Park Geun-hye’s longtime friend Choi Soon-sil has been interfering in the country’s politics.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Scandal in Korea now also affects Samsung

Today, 01:43

The South Korean authorities have raided Samsung premises. They investigate whether the electronics corporation donated money to Choi Soon-sil, president Park’s confidante who is at the center of a major scandal.

Samsung is accused of giving 2.8 million euros to a company owned by Choi Soon-sil and her daughter. The money, according to the Yonhap news agency, was possibly used for horse training of the daughter who was formerly a member of South Korea’s national equestrian team.

It is unclear yet what Samsung may have received in exchange for the gift.


The scandal around her confidante has landed Park in big trouble. The 64-year-old president has apologized twice, but many South Koreans are not satisfied with that.

Choi Soon-sil (60) was arrested a week ago. Her friendship with Park emerged in the 1970s her father was a cult [Church of Eternal Life] leader; and Park’s father was the dictator of South Korea. Choi is suspected of using the friendship to interfere with state affairs and to enrich herself.

Samsung runs full-page apology ads [in the USA] over Galaxy Note 7 recall: here.

14 thoughts on “Samsung in Korean presidential cult scandal

  1. Monday 7th November 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    TWO former aides of South Korean President Park Geun Hye were arrested yesterday over her links to the daughter of the “Korean Rasputin.”

    On Saturday up to 200,000 people — according to organisers — marched through the capital Seoul to demand the president’s resignation over the scandal.

    Prosecutors arrested former senior secretary for policy co-ordination Ahn Jong Beom and Jung Ho Sung, another former aide. Mr Ahn is suspected of putting pressure on companies to make large donations to non-governmental organisations controlled by Ms Park’s close confidant Choi Soon Sil, court spokesman Shin Jae Hwan said.

    Mr Jung is accused of passing on classified presidential documents to Ms Choi, the daughter of Church of Eternity cult founder Choi Tae Min, whom the US embassy dubbed the “Korean Rasputin” in a memo published by Wikileaks in 2007.

    That document reported rumours that Mr Choi “had complete control over Park’s body and soul during her formative years” during the dictatorial rule of her father Park Chung Hee and that “his children accumulated enormous wealth as a result.”

    The scandal centres on Ms Choi’s alleged use of her connections to Ms Park to solicit some £56 million in donations while wielding influence over state affairs.

    Ms Choi was arrested last week on charges of abuse of authority and attempted fraud.

    The president banned the opposition Unified Progressive Party, which wants reunification with North Korea, in 2014 and has jailed 20 trade union leaders for organising anti-government protests, including one against new school textbooks that whitewash her father’s dictatorship.


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