S.Korean prosecutors to summon ousted President Park for questioning next week

Yolanda Curtis
March 20, 2017

Days after being removed from office by the constitutional court over a corruption scandal, an animal rights group accused Park of abandonment for not taking her pets with her. The special investigation team, which started the initial probe into the scandal involving Park, her inner circle and large business groups at the end of past year, was revived.

"To stabilize state affairs and fairly administer the presidential election, I've reached the judgment that it is inappropriate for me to run in the election", Hwang was quoted as saying at a Cabinet meeting by Yonhap News Agency. By law, South Korea must hold a national vote to find her successor within two months of the ruling.

Parliament passed an impeachment motion against Park in December, and the court formally removed her from office on Friday.

"But the criminal investigation will continue and could yield more explosive details about corruption at the top levels of government and business". The court concluded that the former president had helped her friend Choi Soon-sil extract bribes from South Korean conglomerates, leaked her confidential documents, and then lied to cover up her wrongdoing.

State prosecutors have taken over the probe into the corruption scandal embroiling Park from special prosecutors, which ended their 90-day investigation on February 28. Since November, Park's attorneys have repeatedly refused to cooperate with in-person questioning by prosecutors and the Special Prosecutor.

Even after her impeachment, she remains defiant. Son Bum-kyu, a lawyer for Park, confirmed that they had received it. Ms Park told staff members to take good care of the dogs before vacating the Blue House on Sunday, Ms Kim said.

Other high-profile figures have already been charged in connection with the case, including Lee Jae-yong, heir of electronics giant Samsung.

Prosecutors have recommended 13 charges against Park, including bribery and abuse of power. Park, as of now, is facing 13 charges in total.

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