S.Korean court extends detention of ousted Park
Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye will be kept in detention a further six months, a Seoul court ruled Friday, as she stands trial in a corruption case that toppled her from power.
The sprawling scandal involving the former leader and her powerful secret confidante, Choi Soon-sil, unleashed massive nationwide protests last year and has exposed net- works of privilege among the country’s business and political elite.
The Seoul Central District Court on Friday extended Park’s detention until April next year, citing a potential risk of evidence being destroyed.
She stands accused of offering policy favors to business tycoons including Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong who helped enrich Choi – the daughter of a shady religious figure who was a longtime mentor to Park until his death in 1994.
Park is also accused of letting Choi, who has no title or security clearance, handle a wide range of state affairs including senior nominations and cabinet formation, as well as her daily wardrobe choices during her tenure.