- Prosecutors file for arrest warrant before a District Judge;
- Seoul Central District Judge yet to sit for hearings;
- No set date for yet for hearings;
Embattled President Park Geun-hye whom was sacked from office might be facing criminal charges in court soon as South Korean prosecutors said Monday they are seeking an arrest warrant for her.
“The suspect abused the mighty power and position as president to take bribes from companies and infringed upon the freedom of corporate management and leaked important confidential official information,” the statement from the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office said.
The arrest warrant request will be brought before a judge in the Seoul Central District Court, who will in turn give a decide whether to grant the arrest warrant or not. There has not been a fixed date for the hearing.
It will be recalled that President Park was ousted from office on March 10 after South Korea’s Constitutional Court upheld a decision to impeach her over allegations of graft-scandal and cronyism.
The graft-scandal which led to the Park’s downfall has made headlines in Seoul’s politics for months.
The President was accused of being overly influenced by her longtime friend and adviser, Choi Soon-sil, who is undergoing trial for abuse of her powers and fraud.
The country’s Constitutional Court agreed with the allegations levelled against the ousted Park that she abused her authority in supporting Choi raise donations from companies for foundations that were established by her.
After the Constitutional Court’s verdict that ousted the Park, violent protests sparked off in Seoul that left at least three people dead.
Meanwhile, fresh presidential election will be held on May 9, 2017 where the country has to choose its next democratically elected president.
Credits: CNN, Stingged.com