South Korean ex-President Park may be arrested for corruption allegations

South Korean ex-President Park may be arrested for corruption allegationsA Seoul prosecutors' office said in a statement that it wants a local court to issue an arrest warrant for Park. The Seoul Central District Court is expected to ask her to appear at a hearing before deciding on the request.

This is reported by The Associated Press.

An arrest is a next step before Park can be formally charged with crimes such as extortion, bribery and abuse of power. A bribery conviction alone is punishable by up to a life sentence in South Korea.

The move comes after prosecutors grilled Park for 14 hours last week over suspicions that she colluded with a jailed confidante to extort from companies and committed other wrongdoing when she was in office.

Park has denied any legal wrongdoing.

Even if the court dismisses the request, prosecutors can still indict and charge her. Prosecutors said Park's alleged crimes were "grave," and that she should also be arrested because her alleged accomplice, confidant Choi Soon-sil, and other suspects in the scandal have been arrested.
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