S.Korean court ex­tends de­ten­tion of ousted Park

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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.

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