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International - March 31, 2017

Ex-president Park begins life in jail

Ex-president Park

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye has resumed life in jail.

Authorities said the impeached ex-president was arrested and jailed Friday in connection to the corruption investigation that led to her ouster earlier this month.

Park was taken into custody at her home and taken to a detention centre — a scene that was covered on live South Korean television.

Officials said the disgraced former leader accepted bribes and abused her power during her administration. Park’s arrest followed a lengthy court hearing in Seoul on Thursday, at which the judge decided there was enough evidence to warrant the arrest.

“Major allegations were explained and proved and there were concerns over evidence destruction,” Seoul’s Central District Court said.

Amid the corruption investigation, Park was impeached and removed from office on March 10. She will now remain in jail while prosecutors seek a formal indictment, which they said should come withiin the next three weeks.

“I feel apologetic toward the nation’s citizens,” Park said last week. “I’ll cooperate in the questioning sincerely.”

South Korea will elect a new president in May, and experts say it’s likely that Park’s conservative ruling party will be defeated in the vote after nearly a decade in power.

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