Choi Soon-sil (C), who is involved a political scandal, is surrounded by media upon her arrival at a prosecutor's office in Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 31, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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South Korean prosecutors Monday questioned the woman at the centre of a political scandal that has shattered public confidence in President Park Geun-Hye, with allegations of fraud and meddling in state affairs.Park and Choi have been close friends for 40 years.The media has portrayed the 60-year-old Choi as a Rasputin-like figure, who wielded an unhealthy influence over Park and interfered in government policy despite holding no official post and having no security clearance.Choi Tae-Min befriended a traumatised Park after the 1974 assassination of her mother, whom he said had appeared to him in a dream, asking him to help her daughter.He became a long-time mentor to Park, who subsequently formed a close bond with Choi Soon-Sil that endured after Choi Tae-Min's death in 1994 .Choi Soon-Sil's ex-husband served as a top aide to Park until her presidential election victory in 2012 .
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