South Korea finds a home for 2 puppies Park left behind

Park faced two prosecutors and an investigator, and was accompanied by one of her lawyers, but standard procedure bars him from interjecting, only allowing consultations during rest breaks - which could be an issue for her.

Former President Park Geun-hye arrives at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office for an investigation on Tuesday.

A special investigation team headed by the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office chief Lee Young-ryeol is now investigating a series of allegations involving Park, her inner circle and large business groups. Park was accused past year by prosecutors of acting as an accomplice to a longtime friend, Choi Soon-sil, who allegedly used her ties to the president to extort money from South Korea's biggest corporations, including Samsung. She'd also formerly refused to participate in investigations.

Meanwhile, senior executives and employees at SK Group and Lotte Group had been summoned in the past week for bribery allegations that the country's third- and fifth-largest conglomerates donated millions of USA dollars to the Choi-controlled foundations in return for business favors and a presidential pardon. The money was later returned.

Prosecutors are questioning Ms Park in what may be a drawn-out days-long procedure.

With prosecutors examining whether Chey bought his freedom, he could join Samsung Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong as a bribery suspect.

She was ousted from office on March 10 over allegations she conspired with longtime friend Choi Soon-sil to raise millions of dollars for foundations from the country's conglomerates, known as chaebol.

Park is expected to head home early on Wednesday after checking deposition reports by the prosecutors.

April 16, 2014: The sinking of the Sewol ferry with the death of 304 people, majority school children.

Park's neighbors gave her a pair of Jindo dogs when she moved into the Blue House in 2013.

Park left the Blue House - South Korea's seat of government and her childhood home when her father, strongman leader Park Chung-hee, was in power - on March 12.

Despite never holding an official position, Choi was given advance access to presidential speeches and other documents. On the opposite side, anti-Park protestors chanted, "Arrest Park Geun-hye". But arresting Park would be a delicate matter because it might aggravate a national divide and create a strong conservative backlash ahead of an election in May to choose her successor, some political experts said.

On the day of the top court's ruling for the impeachment, North Korea's media released the news in a short dispatch in an unusually swift manner.

Why did Park lose her job?

But now that she has lost her presidential immunity, she could be charged for abuse of power and coercion to bribery. On the other hand, others insist an arrest warrant is inevitable given the severity of the charges and Park's continued denial of them despite the arrests and indictments of most of her alleged accomplices.

  • Leroy Wright


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