SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korean prosecutors grilled the nation’s simply-ousted president on Tuesday in an extended-awaited investigation of corruption allegations that ended her rule and now threaten to place her in jail.
The questioning of Park Geun-hye got here eleven days after the Constitutional Courtroom unanimously dominated to dismiss her over suspicions she colluded with a confidante to extort cash from companies and dedicated different wrongdoings. Her powers had been suspended since she was impeached by parliament in December.
“I’m sorry to the individuals. I’ll sincerely bear an investigation,” Park informed reporters, with out elaborating, when she arrived on the prosecutors’ workplace.
It was not clear if Park’s temporary assertion meant she acknowledged the corruption allegations, since she has repeatedly denied any authorized wrongdoing. South Korean politicians embroiled in scandals typically supply public apologies for inflicting hassle although they deny any involvement.
In Park’s questioning, anticipated to final till late within the night, prosecutors have been making an attempt to find out whether or not to hunt an arrest warrant, in line with South Korean media. Many different suspects implicated within the scandal have already been arrested, together with Park’s confidante Choi Quickly-sil, some prime authorities officers and Samsung inheritor Lee Jae-yong.
Prosecutors have beforehand accused Park of extortion, bribery and abuse of energy, which might theoretically carry penalties of as much as life imprisonment. However arresting Park can be a fragile matter as a result of it’d worsen a nationwide divide and create a robust conservative backlash forward of an election in Might to decide on her successor, some political specialists stated.
Park’s scandal has roiled South Korea for months, with these opposing and supporting her rule staging large rallies. After the March 10 Constitutional Courtroom ruling, Park supporters clashed with police, leaving three lifeless. On Tuesday, tons of of Park’s supporters waited for hours outdoors the prosecutors’ workplace, holding anti-impeachment indicators and the nationwide flag, which has grow to be a logo of their protest.
Park had immunity whereas in workplace and had refused to satisfy with prosecutors or permit officers to look her presidential compound. After leaving workplace, she has continued to reject the allegations, saying “I consider the reality…