[Talk of the town]Coming home?
In 2004, the court sentenced Chun to serve 30 months in jail on charges of gift tax evasion. He appealed and the court suspended the charges. The former president had been ordered to pay 220.4 billion won ($237 million) on charges of illegally using assets during his regime.
Since 2003, it has been speculated that Park played a role in the hide-and-seek between the Chuns and the prosecutors. Then Park left Korea for Los Angeles, in what appeared to be an effort to dodge public attention. Chun joined her later, and the couple came back last month holding a 15-month-old baby girl, Hye-hoon.
In a media interview last week, the couple denied the speculation and said that they came back because they wanted their daughter to “see her home country.”
“We want to have an ordinary life,” the couple said. Despite their wish they are now living in a far-from-ordinary apartment priced at 2.8 billion won. By Chun Su-jin