Park Geun-hye is arrested

Park  arrested on Friday morning. The charges against her include an allegation that she received or agreed to receive about 38 million dollars in bribes from the Samsung Group.
She was transferred to a detention center on the outskirts of Seoul.

Prosecutors can keep Park in custody until April 19th. But they are expected to indict her before April 17th, when the presidential election campaign kicks off. This is to minimize the impact of the case on the May 9th election.

Opinion polls show that Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party, the country’s largest party, has a comfortable lead among the presidential contenders.

South Korean court  has approved the arrest of ex-President Park Geun-hye on corruption allegations. Friday’s ruling by the Seoul Central District Court means prosecutors can immediately put Park in a detention facility. Prosecutors can detain her for up to 20 days before formally charging her. Prosecuting attorneys have been pushing for her arrest over allegations that she colluded with a confidante to extort money from businesses in exchange for political favors as well as committing other offenses. The Constitutional Court ruled to dismiss Park over the allegations earlier in March, three months after Parliament voted to impeach her.

Two former South Korean presidents have been arrested in the past after losing immunity from criminal prosecution.

Chun Doo-hwan was president for 8 years from 1980.
He was arrested and indicted in December 1995 for taking bribes while in office, and his armed suppression of pro-democracy citizens and students in the 1980 Gwangju uprising.

A district court issued the death sentence.
The Supreme Court sentenced Chun to life in prison.

Roh Tae-woo served as president for 5 years from 1988.
He was arrested in November 1995 for bribery and his role in the Gwangju uprising. He was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Both Chun and Roh were pardoned in December 1997 by then-President Kim Young-sam.

If arrested, Park Geun-hye will be the third ex-president arrested and the first in 22 years.

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