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South Korean prosecutors to summon ousted president Park
March 14, 2017 / 6:32 AM / 9 months ago

South Korean prosecutors to summon ousted president Park

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors will summon ousted president Park Geun-hye for questioning as a suspect in a corruption case that led to her impeachment, a prosecution official said on Tuesday, amid a political crisis that has gripped the country for months.

Supporters of South Korea's ousted leader Park Geun-hye gather outside her private home in Seoul, South Korea, March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The prosecutor’s office would notify Park on Wednesday when she will be summoned and would not negotiate on the timing, said the official who declined to be identified.

There was no immediate comment from Park. Her legal representatives were not available for comment.

The Constitutional Court dismissed Park from office on Friday when it upheld a parliamentary impeachment vote over an influence-peddling scandal that has shaken the political and business elite. Park has denied any wrongdoing.

Supporters of South Korea's ousted leader Park Geun-hye gather outside her private home in Seoul, South Korea, March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

She became the country’s first democratically elected president to be removed from office.

Park left the Blue House presidential palace in Seoul on Sunday to return to her private home in the city as an ordinary citizen, stripped of her presidential immunity that has shielded her from prosecution.

A police officer stands guard in front of supporters of South Korea's ousted leader Park Geun-hye gathering outside her private home in Seoul, South Korea, March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Park said through a spokesman that she felt sorry about not being to complete her term but added that the truth would come out, striking a defiant tone about the prospect of facing an investigation.

A special prosecution team had earlier accused Park of colluding with a friend, Choi Soon-sil, to pressure big businesses into contributing to foundations set up to support her policy and allowing her to exert influence on state affairs.

Park and Choi both denied wrongdoing and while she was president, Park declined to answer prosecutors’ questions.

Reporting by Ju-min Park, Christine Kim and Se Young Lee; Editing by Robert Birsel and Nick Macfie

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