Two days after special prosecutors in Seoul whipped up the idea of seeking the incarceration of disgraced and impeached President Park Geun-hye, a court in South Korean, Thursday, began deliberating on whether to arrest the ousted president.
The former president whose executive immunity ended after her removal from office was confirmed by the country’s top court earlier this month is accused of multiple offences including bribery, leaking government information, and abuse of power in the scandal.
Park, 65, appeared expressionless during she arrived at the Seoul Central District Court at 10:20 a.m. (0120 GMT) to plead her case that she should not be arrested while prosecutors investigate the scandal that has ensnared South Korea’s political and business elite.
Choi Soon-Sil, Park’s secret confidante at the heart of the scandal, is already on trial for forcing top local firms to “donate” nearly $70 million to non-profit foundations she allegedly used for personal gain.
Park who is the first leader to be ousted from office accepted responsibility for the events that culminated in the Constitutional Court upholding a parliamentary impeachment vote over an influence-peddling scandal that has shaken the political and business elite in South Korea.
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