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Ex-President Park arrested in corruption probe

2017/03/31 03:08

SEOUL, March 31 (Yonhap) -- Former President Park Geun-hye was arrested on Friday in connection with a corruption scandal that led to her removal from office.

The Seoul Central District Court issued a warrant to detain Park on charges of bribery, abuse of authority, coercion and leaking government secrets, after a marathon hearing the previous day.

State prosecutors filed the request on Monday to arrest Park, citing the graveness of the alleged crimes and the possibility of the destruction of evidence.

Park, ousted in a historic ruling on March 10, became the country's third former president to be arrested over criminal allegations, following Roh Tae-woo and Chun Doo-hwan.

Former President Park Geun-hye arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in the capital on March 30, 2017, for a hearing on a warrant to arrest her. The prosecution earlier this week sought the arrest writ for Park, who is implicated in multiple corruption allegations. (Pool photo) (Yonhap) Former President Park Geun-hye arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in the capital on March 30, 2017, for a hearing on a warrant to arrest her. The prosecution earlier this week sought the arrest writ for Park, who is implicated in multiple corruption allegations. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)

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