A court in Denmark has upheld Danish prosecutors’ decision to extradite Chung Yoo-ra to South Korea.
The district court in the Danish city of Aalborg turned down Chung’s complaint against Danish prosecutors’ extradition decision on Wednesday. Noting that she is a flight risk, the court returned Chung to a detention center where she has been held since her arrest in early January.
Chung’s lawyer, however, refused to accept the decision and lodged an appeal with a high court on the same day. As a result, Chung will not be extradited to South Korea before the May ninth presidential election.
However, Chung did not rule out the possibility of a conditional voluntary return, saying that she is willing to come back to South Korea if the government promises to allow her to see her baby. She added that she has no plan to seek asylum in Denmark.
Chung is the 21-year-old daughter of Choi Soon-sil, the central figure in the massive corruption scandal that led to former President Park Geun-hye's impeachment.