South Korea: Prosecutors Seek Arrest Warrant For Ex-President

South Korean prosecutors said on Monday they will seek an arrest warrant for ousted president Park Geun-hye, which would see her held in a cell for up to 20 days while being investigated on charges of taking bribes from big businesses.

The former president is accused of multiple offences including bribery, leaking government information, and abuse of power in the scandal.

A Seoul prosecution office couldn't immediately confirm the report.

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Choi Soon-Sil, Park's secret confidante at the heart of the scandal, is already on trial for forcing top local firms to "donate" almost $70 million to non-profit foundations she allegedly used for personal gain.

Park went through a marathon interrogation over the suspicions last week after the Constitutional Court upheld the National Assembly's decision to dismiss her on March 10. Park apologized publicly, but she was still impeached. She has denied the allegations against her.

"Prosecution officials reached the Yeonpoong Gate (which is the main entrance gate to the Blue House), where they are discussing the detailed means of the search", said spokesperson Jung Youn-kuk in a text message sent out to reporters.

The scandal centers on Park's relationship with Choi Soon-sil, her lifelong friend and confidante.

Choi is now on trial, as is Lee Jae-yong, the de facto head of Samsung, who is alleged to have given or promised to give Choi about $37 million.

  • Zachary Reyes