S Korea prosecutors to summon ex-prez Park for questioning

Posted March 15, 2017

South Korea's ousted president Park Geun-Hye might need all the allies she can get, but she left nine of man's best friends behind when she exited her palace in disgrace. That means, Hwang Kyo-ahn, the Prime Minister and acting President can choose which documents and records can be available for public consumption and which should classified for the next 15 or 30 years.

Park, South Korea's first female president, was stripped of her powers in December when the National Assembly voted overwhelmingly to impeach her, after prosecutors alleged that she had aided a longtime friend in extorting money from large corporations like the Samsung 005930, +1.87% conglomerate in exchange for government favors.

Park is said to have colluded with her close aide Choi Soon-sil and sought monetary donations from big corporations for two of the latter's foundations. Other South Korean media carried a similar report.

Ms Park has been named as an accomplice to the secret confidante at the heart of a corruption and influence-peddling scandal that triggered her dramatic downfall.

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Park has expressed defiance about the corruption allegations, raising worries about a further deepening of the national divide over her fate.

Park will be notified on Wednesday of when she will be summoned, an unnamed official of a special investigation team was quoted as saying. Three people died and dozens were injured in violent clashes between Park's supporters and police following the court's ruling. Opinion polls show the Democratic Party's Moon Jae-in, who lost to Park in 2012, as the favorite to become the country's next leader.