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Main points of Constitutional Court's ruling against Park

All Headlines 12:59 March 10, 2017

SEOUL, March 10 (Yonhap) -- The following are the main points of the Constitutional Court's Friday adjudication on the Dec. 9 parliament impeachment that removed Park Geun-hye from the presidential office. The court unanimously decided for Park's removal.

<On Allowing Choi Soon-sil to interfere with state affairs and abuse of power>

-- Most confidential documents, including ones on personnel administration data, Cabinet meetings, Park's overseas trips and her meeting with the U.S. secretary of state, were conveyed to Park's confidante Choi Soon-sil between around January 2013 and April 2016 via Park's secretary Jeong Ho-seong.

-- Choi meddled in presidential affairs by giving opinions on the documents, modifying their content and rescheduling Park's itineraries.

-- Choi recommended candidates for government posts, with some of them helping Choi's personal interests.

-- At Choi's request, Park instructed former presidential economic adviser Ahn Jong-beom to ask Hyundai Automotive Group to hire KD Corp., an auto parts company, as its subcontractor.

-- Park also ordered Ahn to take 48.6 billion won (US$41.99 million) and 28.8 billion won of donations from conglomerates to set up the Mir and K-Sport foundations, respectively.

-- However, Park and Choi made all decisions in relation to the management of the foundations while excluding businesses, which funded the foundations.

-- Choi took personal profits from Mir via the ad company Play Ground, which she established just before the launch of the foundation.

-- Park held a one-on-one meeting with the head of Lotte Group over providing money to build sports facilities in Hanam, east of Seoul. Lotte later provided 7 billion won.

<On whether Park and Choi's above-mentioned acts violate the Constitution and law>

-- Park infringed upon the Constitution, Public Servants Law and Public Servants' Ethics as she abused her status and power for Choi's interests, which constitutes an unfair performance of official duty.

-- Park infringed upon the freedom of corporate management, as well as corporate property rights, by directly and indirectly providing help in Choi's pursuit of interest.

-- Via instructions or neglect, Park breached an obligation to keep secrets under the Public Servants Law by leaking lots of documents that belong to the confidential category.
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