Protester crashes excavator into South Korean prosecutors’ office

A 45-year-old man crashed an excavator into the South Korean prosecutors' office on Tuesday (Nov 1) to protest the woman at the centre of an influence-peddling scandal gripping the country's highest office.

The heavy vehicle smashed the gate and building of the Supreme Prosecutors' Office in Seoul at around 8.20am (local time) and injured a security guard, police said.

The driver was arrested on site, police said.

The woman he was protesting against, Choi Soon-sil, was arrested on allegations she used her friendship with President Park Geun-hye to influence state affairs by gaining access to classified documents and benefited personally through non-profit foundations, officials said.

Choi was detained late on Monday (Oct 31), a prosecution official said, hours after she had arrived at the office of local prosecutors to answer questions.

Park is in the fourth year of a five-year term and the crisis threatens to complicate policymaking during the lame-duck period that typically sets in toward the end of South Korea's single-term presidency.

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