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SKorea scandal widens, aide held, minister warns Park risks probe

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye (L) is scrambling to deflect public anger over allegations her close friend Choi Soon-sil has meddled in state affairsSouth Korean prosecutors detained a former presidential aide as an influence-peddling scandal moves closer to embattled leader Park Geun-Hye, with the justice minister warning Thursday that Park could face a probe. Ahn Jong-Beom, who was dismissed on Sunday, is the second person to be taken into emergency detention after Park’s close friend Choi Soon-Sil was held Monday for questioning in the snowballing scandal. The scandal has shaken the presidency, exposing Park to public outrage and ridicule and, with just over a year left in office, seen her approval ratings plunge into the single digits.

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