South Korea prosecutors seek South Korea’s ousted president Park Geun-hye’s arrest

March 27, 2017 4:30 pm

’s ousted president (C) arrives at a prosecutor’s office in Seoul, March 21, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

South Korean prosecutors are
seeking an arrest warrant for ousted president Park Geun-hye, who has
become vulnerable to prosecution and potential incarceration following
the loss of her political immunity.

The Seoul Central
District Court said on Monday that an arrest warrant hearing for Park
had been scheduled for Thursday at 1030 am local time (0130 GMT).
court would decide whether to arrest Park and hold her in custody for
up to 20 days while she is investigated or not. The decision is likely
to come late Thursday or early Friday.
The 65-year-old former
president, who was removed from power over a corruption scandal earlier
this month, now faces charges that include bribery, leaking government
information, and abuse of executive power.
“The accused abused her
enormous power and status as president to receive bribes from companies
or to infringe upon the rights to freedom of corporate management and
leaked important confidential information on state affairs,” prosecutors
said in a statement on Monday.
The statement came almost a week
after Park was brought in by judiciary officials for questioning in
connection with the corruption scandal that culminated in her
impeachment and removal from power.

Prosecutors also
said in the Monday statement that, “A large amount of evidence has been
collected so far but the accused is denying most of the charges, and
there is a risk of destroying evidence in the future.”

confidante and alleged accomplice Choi Soon-sil is already on trial,
and prosecutors said it would be “counter to the principle of fairness”
if Park were not arrested. Park could face more than 10 years in jail if
convicted of receiving bribes.
Park faced massive outcry as the
scandal involving Choi gained momentum late last year and early this
year. Huge rallies were held against her, and a parliamentary vote to
impeach her was ultimately upheld by the country’s Constitutional Court,
permanently forcing her out of office.
Despite her denial of any wrongdoing, Park has apologized to the nation several times in the past months.
have long been seeking her arrest over the scandal but had faced legal
obstacles back when she enjoyed immunity under the constitution as
sitting president.

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