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Independent counsel confiscates Choi Soon-sil's tablet PC Updated: 2017-01-11 06:08:18 KST

The special prosecutors investigating the massive corruption scandal rattling the nation confirmed Tuesday it has confiscated a tablet computer believed to be that of Choi Soon-sil, woman at the heart of the scandal.

The independent counsel team said the device contains numerous emails related to the establishment in Germany of a controversial sports foundation controlled by Choi.

"After considering the email account used on the device, its usage data, and list of contacts, we can confirm the tablet PC belongs to Choi Soon-sil."

The emails also reveal evidence concerning Choi's acceptance of financial support from Samsung and a draft version of a speech made by President Park in a closed-door meeting of her secretaries in 2015.

The spokesperson noted that this tablet is not the same one initially obtained last October by Korean broadcaster JTBC which initially sparked the now-sprawling scandal.
That device, it's been argued, was not obtained properly and therefore cannot be used in court, a contention the spokesperson acknowledged.
But the new device, he emphasized, was confiscated through an appropriate legal process.

"With the confiscation of the tablet computer, apparently belonging to Choi Soon-sil herself, the focus is now on what evidence the device contains and how big of a blow it will be to the President's jailed confidante."
Hwang Hojun, Arirang News.
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