S. Korean president says to accept investigation over scandal if necessary
2016-11-04 13:53:00

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye bows prior to delivering an address to the nation, at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 4, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]


SEOUL - South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Friday that she will accept an investigation into herself, if necessary, by prosecutors over a scandal surrounding Choi Soon-sil, the president's longtime confidante suspected of intervening into state affairs.


Park addressed the nation over the political scandal that sparked calls for her resignation, expressing her sincere apology once again after making her first public apology for it last week.


The embattled president said she will also accept a probe by an independent counsel into the case involving her close friend accused of peddling undue influence and meddling in government decisions behind the scenes.


If realized, Park would become the first South Korean leader who is investigated by prosecutors as incumbent president.


Under the country's constitution, a president is free from being criminally indicted by prosecutors during his or her presidency except for treason and insurrection charges.

Source:Xinhua Editor:Rose