Ex-South Korean president Park Geun-hye arrested in corruption probe
Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been arrested and taken into custody over a corruption scandal that led to her dismissal.
The 65-year-old was driven to a detention centre south of Seoul after a court approved her arrest.
She is accused of allowing her close friend Choi Soon-sil to extort money from companies, including Samsung, in return for political favours.
Ms Park, who was removed from office earlier this month, denies the claims.
She is the third former president of South Korea to be arrested over criminal allegations, Yonhap reports.
The Seoul Central District Court earlier issued a warrant to detain Ms Park while she is investigated on charges of bribery, abuse of authority, coercion and leaking government secrets.
It followed a nearly nine-hour court hearing on Thursday that Ms Park attended.
“It is justifiable and necessary to arrest [Ms Park] as key charges were justified and there is risk of evidence being destroyed,” the court said in a statement.
Live television footage showed a black sedan carrying her to the detention facility from the prosecutor’s office where she had been waiting.
Despite the early hour, some 50 supporters, waving national flags and demanding her release, were at the gate to greet her, the AFP news agency reports.
Ms Park can be held for up to 20 days before being formally charged.
If convicted she could face more than 10 years in prison.
enterprise corruption..we dont see this that often..the perp walk for a leader..
“She is accused of allowing her close friend Choi Soon-sil to extort money from companies, including Samsung, in return for political favours. Ms Park, who was removed from office earlier this month, denies the claims.”
samsung is never far from controversy..