Park Hires Ex-Party Attorney for Investigation

The presidential office has commissioned attorney Yoo Young-ha to defend President Park Geun-hye before the prosecution launches its investigation against her.

The top office announced on Tuesday that the prosecutor-turned-lawyer will represent Park in the ongoing probe into the Choi Soon-sil scandal.

In 2010, Yoo served as a legal adviser for Park when she was a member of the Supreme Council of the Grand National Party, the predecessor of the ruling Saenuri Party.

He served key positions at prosecutors' offices in Seoul, Incheon and in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province. Since 2014, he had been a standing commissioner for the National Human Rights Commission of Korea until he quit the post early this year.

As a legal deputy for Park, Yoo will discuss with the prosecution on when, where and how the president will be questioned.

Source: KBS World Radio