South Korea's prosecutor says indicts former top Park aide, ex-minister

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Posted: Feb 07, 2017 1:08 AM

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's special prosecutor has indicted a former culture minister and a top aide to President Park Geun-hye on charges of abuse of power and perjury for their role in drawing up a blacklist of artists critical of the leader, a spokesman said.

Cho Yoon-sun, the former culture minister, last month became the first sitting member of Park's administration to be arrested. She subsequently resigned from her post.

Lee Kyu-chul, spokesman for the special prosecutor's office investigating a graft scandal that led to Park's impeachment by parliament in December, also said on Tuesday a former presidential chief of staff to Park has been indicted.

(Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Robert Birsel)