Chung Yoo-ra

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Chung Yoo-ra
Personal information
Birth name Chung Yoo-yeon
Born (1996-10-30) October 30, 1996 (age 21)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Chungdam High School (diploma annulled)
Ewha Womans University (acceptance annulled)
Spouse(s) Sin Ju-pyung (m. 2015–2016)
Korean name
Revised Romanization Jeong Yu-ra
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Yu-ra
Birth name
Revised Romanization Jeong Yu-yeon
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Yu-yŏn

Chung Yoo-ra (born Chung Yoo-yeon, 30 October 1996) is a South Korean equestrian.[1] She competed in the 2014 Asian Games, where her team won a gold medal.[2]

She is a daughter of Chung Yoon-hoi and his ex-wife Choi Soon-sil,[3][4] who has been arrested amid the 2016 South Korean political scandal for using her friendship with the president Park Geun-hye to illegally interfere in the state affairs, and solicit business donations from top South Korean firms, including Samsung, for a non-profit fund she controlled.[5]

Legal issues[edit]

During the investigations of the 2016 South Korean political scandal, Chung Yoo-ra's admission to Ewha Womans University was cancelled due to "preferential treatment in admissions and grading".[6][7][8] Her high school diploma has been cancelled as well due to falsified high school records.[9]

In December 2016, South Korea put out an arrest warrant for Chung Yoo-ra for charges including obstruction of justice, after she refused to return from Germany to attend a parliamentary inquiry into her role in the scandal.[10] The South Korean government announced that it would invalidate her passport and seek her arrest and extradition from Germany.[10] The South Korean government also sought the help of Interpol to track her down.[11] On January 1, 2017, she was arrested in Aalborg, Denmark after a tip from South Korean journalists who had tracked her.[12][11]

The German Federal Police are investigating Chung Yoo-ra and her mother for money laundering involving assets estimated at more than 1 billion US dollars.[13][11] [14][11][15]


  1. ^ "Yoora Chung". Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Park, Sojung (20 September 2014). "S. Korea wins gold in team dressage equestrian at Asiad". Yonhap. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  3. ^ 8:12 AM ET (2016-10-29). "Swirling Scandal Involving Shamanistic Cult Threatens South Korean President Park Geun-hye : The Two-Way". NPR. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  4. ^ Kim, Oi-hyun (3 December 2014). "Pres. Park's former aide and his wife may be at the center of ongoing scandal". The Hankyoreh. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "South Korea scandal: President Park's friend Choi detained - BBC News". Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  6. ^ "Chung Yoo-ra's admission to Ewha to be canceled". koreatimes. 2016-11-18. Retrieved 2016-11-28. 
  7. ^ Herald, The Korea (2016-11-18). "Chung illegally admitted to Ewha University: ministry". Retrieved 2016-11-28. 
  8. ^ "Prosecutors raid university over influence-peddling scandal". koreatimes. 2016-11-22. Retrieved 2016-11-28. 
  9. ^ "Choi Soon-sil's daughter stripped of high school diploma". koreatimes. 2016-12-05. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  10. ^ a b "What we know about Chung Yoo Ra, daughter of key figure in South Korea's corruption scandal involving President Park". The Straits Times. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c d "South Korea scandal: Daughter of Choi Soon-sil arrested". BBC News. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "South Korean woman detained by Danish police". Mynewsdesk. Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  13. ^ "PD Report Tracking down Chung Yoo-Ra Runaway Footsteps in German". Sports Kyung Hyang. Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  14. ^ "German Police keep investigating Chung Yoo Ra Money Laundering Case in German". MBC. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  15. ^ "(LEAD) Danish court extends detention of daughter of woman at center of Korean scandal". Retrieved 2017-03-24. 

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