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South Korea says woman tied to scandal arrested in Denmark

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 file photo, Choi Soon-sil, center, the jailed confidante of disgraced South Korean President Park Geun-hye, arrives for questioning into her suspected role in political scandal at the office of the independent counsel in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean prosecutors said Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, Chung Yoo-ra, the daughter of Choi, has been arrested in Denmark and authorities are working to get her returned home in connection with a huge corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, Pool, File)

    FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 file photo, Choi Soon-sil, center, the jailed confidante of disgraced South Korean President Park Geun-hye, arrives for questioning into her suspected role in political scandal at the office of the independent counsel in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean prosecutors said Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, Chung Yoo-ra, the daughter of Choi, has been arrested in Denmark and authorities are working to get her returned home in connection with a huge corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2016 file photo, a worker prepares to deliver newspapers reporting on South Korean President Park Geun-hye's public announcement at a distribution station in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean prosecutors said Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. the daughter of Choi Soon-sil, the confidante of disgraced president, has been arrested in Denmark and authorities are working to get her returned home in connection with a huge corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2016 file photo, a worker prepares to deliver newspapers reporting on South Korean President Park Geun-hye's public announcement at a distribution station in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean prosecutors said Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. the daughter of Choi Soon-sil, the confidante of disgraced president, has been arrested in Denmark and authorities are working to get her returned home in connection with a huge corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man watches a TV screen showing the news program about Chung Yoo-ra, the daughter of the Choi Soon-sil who the confidante of disgraced President Park Geun-hye, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. South Korean prosecutors said Monday the daughter of the confidante of disgraced President Park has been arrested in Denmark and authorities are working to get her returned home in connection with a huge corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    A man watches a TV screen showing the news program about Chung Yoo-ra, the daughter of the Choi Soon-sil who the confidante of disgraced President Park Geun-hye, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. South Korean prosecutors said Monday the daughter of the confidante of disgraced President Park has been arrested in Denmark and authorities are working to get her returned home in connection with a huge corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

South Korean prosecutors said Monday the daughter of the confidante of disgraced President Park Geun-hye has been arrested in Denmark and authorities are working to get her returned home in connection with a huge corruption scandal.

Park was impeached last month by lawmakers amid public fury over prosecutors' allegations that the president conspired to allow her longtime friend, Choi Soon-sil, to extort companies and control the government.

Denmark police arrested Choi's daughter, Chung Yoo-ra, on the weekend on charges of staying their illegally.

South Korea had asked Interpol to search for Chung because she didn't return home to answer questions about the scandal.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports that Chung, a former member of the national equestrian team, allegedly took advantage of her mother's relationship with Park to get unwarranted favors from Seoul's Ewha Womans University.