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Continued Pleas of Unfit Health in Corruption Scandal Trial

15:16 July 03, 2017 replay time01:50

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During her trial last week, former President Park Geun-hye complained of dizziness, which led to the trial ending ahead of schedule.

With the corruption scandal trial going over eight months, there have been continued pleas of the defendant's unfit health.

Cha Byung-sup has more.

[Reporter]

During the trial this past 30th, former President Park Geun-hye cradled her forehead with her hand complaining of dizziness and proceeded to lay her head down on the desk in the dock.

In the end, the Ministry of Justice had to conclude the trial, saying it would be “difficult to continue with the witness testimonies as it might harm the defendant’s health.”

Former President Park, who has four trials scheduled in a week, has also been called to stand witness at the trial of Lee Jae-yong, head of Samsung Electronics on the day after tomorrow (5th).

As she did not appear for her call to witness at the trial of former Blue House administrator Lee Young-seon for health reasons, it is unclear whether former President Park will accede to her summons this time.

It is not only former President Park who is complaining of unfit health.

The final cultural "Backlist" trial is scheduled for today (3rd).

Former Blue House Chief of Staff Kim Ki-Choon, who currently has applied for bail stating health reasons, appeared for his trial on the 9th last month wearing a hospital gown.

On June 28, he claimed to have a critical heart disease, saying, “I live every day thinking it is my last,” and that “(I) hope to die out of prison, not inside.”

Besides them, Choi Soon-sil too has pled that the court “consider I’ve been held in arrest and put on trial for eight months now at this age,” and former Blue House Senior Presidential Secretary for Policy Coordination Ahn Jong-beom has been alternating a sitting and standing position during long trials stating lumbar disc problems.

With the health problems of those on trial emerging as a variable, the court maintains the opinion that firm enforcement is inevitable considering the weight of the crimes and the fact that a sentence must be given before the end of six months, the maximum time of arrest.

Cha Byung-sup reporting for Yonhap News TV.

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