Arrest warrant approved against South Korea’s ex-president Park Geun-hye

March 31, 2017 3:30 pm
’s embattled
former president has been incarcerated at a detention
center following a court decision to approve a warrant for her arrest.

Prosecutors had requested Park’s arrest earlier this week over bribery and abuse of power charges during her tenure.
On
Friday, a judge at the Seoul Central District Court said in a statement
that, “The cause and the need for the warrant are recognized as the
main charges against her have been verified and as evidence could be
destroyed,” in a reference to the prosecutors’ concern that Park could
destroy evidence if she remained free.
Prosecutors had submitted 120,000 pages of documents to the judge.
About
two hours after the ruling, Park was taken to the Seoul Detention
Center located just outside the capital city. She could remain locked up
for up to 20 days while she is being investigated over the scandal.
Park
is accused of colluding with a friend, Choi Soon-sil, to pressure big
businesses, including Samsung, to contribute huge sums to non-profit
foundations that were set up to back up her initiatives.

The
supporters of South ’s ousted president Park Geun-hye clash with
police outside Park’s home as she leaves for a hearing to decide whether
she should be arrested over the corruption and abuse of power scandal,
in Seoul, March 30, 2017. The court subsequently ruled that she be
arrested. (Photo by AFP)Park, 65, became the
country’s first democratically-elected leader to be ousted from office
when the Constitutional Court upheld a parliamentary impeachment vote
against her on March 10.
She lost her impunity from prosecution when the March ruling was issued.
Park
has denied wrongdoing but publicly apologized several times for
carelessness in her ties with Choi, who has also denied the accusations
against herself.
Choi is in detention while on going through a trial of her own.

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