South Korean court extends detention of ex-president Park
20 Hong Kong activists guilty of contempt in 2014 protest
Seoul, South Korea — A South Korean court on Friday extended the detention of former president Park Geun-hye, who is on trial over broad corruption allegations that led to her removal from office and arrest in March.
The Seoul Central District Court issued an additional six-month arrest warrant for Park which will take effect once the current warrant expires on Monday, according to a court official who didn’t want to be named, citing office rules.
Prosecutors said Park should be kept behind bars until the court reaches a verdict in her case, citing concerns she might try to destroy evidence if released. A verdict is expected as early as before the end of the year.
Park faces the possi- bility of a lengthy prison term over charges that she colluded with a friend to take tens of millions of dollars from companies in bribes and extortion.
The scandal led to the indictments of dozens of people, including former Cabinet ministers, senior presidential aides and billionaire Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong, who has appealed an August ruling that sentenced him to five years in prison for offering bribes to Park and her friend in exchange for business favors.
Park was arrested and jailed on the last day of Ma rc h , w e e k s a f te r Seoul’s Constitutional Court upheld an impeachment bill passed by lawmakers in December and formally removed her from office. Millions of people had angrily but peacefully marched in the streets for months calling for her ouster, turning a large boulevard near Seoul’s presidential palace into a sea of candlelight over dozens of weekends.
A smaller but growing number of Park’s supporters — many of them in their 50s, 60s and 70s — has been rallying near the court in recent months, calling for her release. HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court has convicted 20 activists, including student leader Joshua Wong, for defying authorities trying to clear a protest site during massive 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations in the Chinese-controlled city.
A High Court judge found the group guilty of contempt of court on Friday for failing to comply with a court order to vacate the site protesters occupied as they blocked major thoroughfares for 79 days.
Wong and 10 others earlier admitted to the charge while nine others pleaded not guilty.
In August, Wong and two other student leaders were sent to prison after the justice secretary requested the courts review their earlier, more lenient sentences for unlawful assembly related to the protests.
The case was adjourned for sentencing at a later date.
File photo, former South Korean president Park Geun-hye, front left, sits with her longtime friend Choi Soon-sil, right, for her trial at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea. Pyeongchang is a little-known destination in one of South Korea’s poorest provinces. A final push enabled it to reach its sponsorship target of 940 billion won ($830 million) in September, with just five months to go. The national government asked the conglomerates for help. All the major ones signed on, after the office of then-president Park Geun-hye made a special request and multichannel pressures for financial assistance, said Joo Yu-min, a professor at the National University of Singapore.