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Thursday, 30 March 2017

South Korea's ousted president arrested

South Korea's ousted president Park Geun-hye has been arrested over the corruption and abuse of power scandal that brought her down, a court spokesman said.


The Seoul Central District Court approved a warrant to arrest Ms Park, the country's first democratically elected leader to be thrown out of office, on accusations of bribery and abuse of power.

She can be held in a cell for up to 20 days while she is investigated over allegations that she colluded with a friend, Choi Soon-sil, to pressure big businesses to contribute to now-defunct foundations set up to back her policy initiatives.

A judge said in a statement that "the cause and the need for the warrant are recognised as the main charges against her have been verified and as evidence could be destroyed".

Ms Park gave about eight hours of testimony at the same court the day before and was held at the prosecutors' office next door while the judge studied the evidence and arguments to decide on whether to issue the arrest warrant.

Yesterday, Ms Park arrived at the court to plead her case that she should not be arrested or held while prosecutors investigate the scandal.

She argues that she does not pose a flight risk and will not try to tamper with evidence.

She and Choi have both denied any wrongdoing.
 [rte.ie]
30/3/17

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