SEOUL – South Korean prosecutors called on Sunday for a new arrest warrant to be issued for Chung Yoo-Ra, the daughter of the so-called “South Korean Rasputin,” who was released earlier this month following her extradition from Denmark over allegations of corruption.
Prosecutors believe the daughter of Choi Soon-sil received inappropriate academic favors at university and irregular funding for equestrian training from the Samsung Group based on her mother’s close ties with South Korea’s former president Park Geun-hye.
Chung, 20, was arrested on Jan. 1 in Aalborg, Denmark, and returned to South Korea on May 31 to respond to the accusations leveled against her over her alleged role in the corruption scandal that led to Park’s impeachment in March.
Shortly after her arrival, the prosecutor’s office called for an arrest warrant for the obstruction of business and official duty, but on June 3 a Seoul court denied the request, stating that it could not find any reason to continue her detention.
An official from the public prosecutor’s office said Sunday that investigators had discovered “fresh and significant” material related to Chung’s case, and had added charges of concealing criminal proceeds, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.
The request for an arrest warrant is expected to be reviewed on Monday or Tuesday.
If it is issued, Chung may remain in custody for up to 20 days for questioning before formal charges are filed against her.
Chung has denied any knowledge of the accusations, claiming that she was unaware of what transpired between her mother and Park.
Both Park and her friend Choi are currently in prison, accused of extorting around $50 million from large companies in exchange for providing them with a favorable treatment from the government.