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Park questioned over corruption scandal at detention center

All Headlines 10:08 April 04, 2017

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors on Tuesday grilled ex-President Park Geun-hye for the first time since she was arrested last week over corruption allegations that removed her from office.

Prosecutors visited a detention center in Uiwang, south of Seoul, where Park is incarcerated.

She went through a marathon interrogation by prosecutors last month and was arrested Friday on charges of bribery, abuse of power, coercion and leaking government secrets.

Park was named an accomplice in her longtime friend Choi Soon-sil's bribery allegations involving South Korea's largest business group Samsung. The first trial on Choi's bribery allegations began on the same day.

The former president is also suspected of colluding with Choi in coercing nearly 80 billion won (US$71.8 million) from dozens of local conglomerates in claimed donations to two non-profit foundations allegedly controlled by Choi.

The prosecution is widely expected to indict Park by mid-April on at least 13 separate criminal accounts.

Former President Park Geun-hye leaves the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in a car on March 31, 2017, as she is transfered to a detention house after a court issued a warrant to arrest her in connection with a corruption scandal that led to her removal from office. (Yonhap)

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