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South Korea's president faces political scandal allegedly involving aides and her brother

  • Park Ji-man, South Korean President Park Geun-hye's brother, arrives at Seoul District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Prosecutors hauled in Park for questioning, the latest in a slew of high-profile figures who have been summoned since a local newspaper first reported the speculation late last month.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Park Ji-man, South Korean President Park Geun-hye's brother, arrives at Seoul District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Prosecutors hauled in Park for questioning, the latest in a slew of high-profile figures who have been summoned since a local newspaper first reported the speculation late last month.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Park Ji-man, South Korean President Park Geun-hye's brother, talks to the media upon his arrival at Seoul District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Prosecutors hauled in Park for questioning, the latest in a slew of high-profile figures who have been summoned since a local newspaper first reported the speculation late last month. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Park Ji-man, South Korean President Park Geun-hye's brother, talks to the media upon his arrival at Seoul District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Prosecutors hauled in Park for questioning, the latest in a slew of high-profile figures who have been summoned since a local newspaper first reported the speculation late last month. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Park Ji-man, South Korean President Park Geun-hye's brother, center, talks to the media upon his arrival at Seoul District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Prosecutors hauled in Park for questioning, the latest in a slew of high-profile figures who have been summoned since a local newspaper first reported the speculation late last month.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Park Ji-man, South Korean President Park Geun-hye's brother, center, talks to the media upon his arrival at Seoul District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Prosecutors hauled in Park for questioning, the latest in a slew of high-profile figures who have been summoned since a local newspaper first reported the speculation late last month.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)  (The Associated Press)

South Korean President Park Geun-hye is facing a political crisis over allegations a former chief adviser pulled strings behind the scenes on key state affairs.

Prosecutors hauled in Park's brother, allegedly embroiled in factional feuding with that ex-aide, for questioning Monday. On Saturday, a police officer involved in the scandal was found dead in an apparent suicide.

The scandal centers on ex-aide Chung Yoon Hoe who allegedly regularly met Park associates to try to exert influence on Park's personnel management. Those reports are based on leaked documents and came from an office headed by another presidential aide who's reportedly close to Park's brother.

Park's office says the documents contain groundless rumors.

Park faces regular criticism that her leadership style is similar to the heavy-handed style of her slain dictator father.