Former South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, who was removed from office earlier this month, was arrested on Friday.
"There were big crimes, and there is concern that the suspect might attempt to destroy evidence," said judge Kan BU in a text message to journalists. "The court recognizes the need, the necessity and propriety of the arrest of the suspect".
Prosecutors announced Monday that they had arrested a Pak on charges of abuse of office, bribery and leak of important information. "The suspect had abused the power and position of President to take bribes and violate the freedom of corporate management, as well as the suspect is accused of leaking important confidential official information", - reads the statement of the Prosecutor of the Central district of Seoul.
Pack contains in a temporary detention center in the Central Seoul district Prosecutor's office. The building was appointed by a court. She was taken to the detention center of Seoul on Friday, there, where her confidant Choi sung-Strength and some high-profile figures embroiled in the ongoing scandal, including the Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong. Prosecutors have not yet filed formal charges. Prosecutors can detain Pak for up to 20 days, before officially make the charges.
Pak was removed from office on 10 March, after the constitutional court of South Korea accused her of corruption. The former President has charged that she helped the Trustee to collect donations from companies to create funds that it established.
The decision of the constitutional court of impeachment deprived Pak immunity and cleared the way for prosecutors to arrest her. May 9 presidential elections, which will elect a new leader.
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