South Korean supporters of arrested ex-president to protest

Police officers detain supporters of ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye as they stage a protest rally in front of her private home on the day that Park is due to appear for a court hearing on her arrest warrant in Seoul South Korea Thursday M

Police officers detain supporters of ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye as they stage a protest rally in front of her private home on the day that Park is due to appear for a court hearing on her arrest warrant in Seoul South Korea Thursday M

Park, who was ousted last month, had been waiting all night at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office about 150 m away as the court reviewed the warrant request.

The main allegation against Park is her involvement in securing funds for culture and sports foundations from companies, including South Korea's largest conglomerate Samsung Group.

Being taken into custody is a dramatic step in the disgrace of South Korea's first woman president, and was a key demand of the millions of people who took to the streets to protest against her as the scandal engulfed her leadership past year. Others disagree, saying the law must be fair to everyone and that Park is at the heart of the scandal.

The court played it by the book. Since Park must have received the assistance of her attorneys, it's incredible that she would have made such claims while disregarding the basic principles of the Criminal Act.

The former president was taken to a detention center in Euiwang, Gyeonggi Province soon after the warrant was issued. The court believes Park runs the risk of destroying evidence and regarded her offenses as serious.

Park, in particular, has been charged with forcing major corporations, including Samsung, to donate to foundations controlled by Choi and taking bribes, as well as with forcing companies to sign contracts beneficial for Choi herself and her associates.

Such judgement is fair, considering accomplices were arrested and are being tried in detention. Even in the conventional sense, it would be hard not to arrest a suspect at the receiving end of bribery.

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Park's conservative party described her arrest as "pitiful". If Park was exempted from the arrest, so should the others. Park leaves the Blue House after her father's state funeral.

"It will be hard for [Park's side] to insist they need an outsider to come in and do her hair", Kim said. Unless the trial drops the bribery charge, a jail sentence looks inevitable. She was assigned to a solidary cell and the standard procedure for a new inmate was followed, including an identification check, medical checkup and strip search. She has yet to talk publicly about the charges. A pardon is also questionable for now. A sketch called Yeouido Teletubbies poked fun at the candidates of the 2012 Korean presidential election, depicting Park as a foul-mouthed Teletubbie.

Despite the early hour, when Park arrived at the jail in a black sedan at around 4:45 am, about 50 supporters were at the gates to greet her, waving national flags and chanting slogans demanding her release. While there was reportedly a sharp debate over the 13 charges during Park's arrest warrant hearing, Prosecutors had already amassed a considerable amount of evidence during their three investigations.

According to Seoul-based JoongAng Monthly Magazine she stays in the visiting area with him from nine to five every day. When announcing its decision to dismiss her, the court said, "Park betrayed the people's trust by making false excuses".

"She will be treated equally like anyone else", he said of Park.

Park's arrest ensures that her case will remain a key issue ahead of the May 9 election to replace her. It should complete its investigations, leaving no doubt whatsoever. Charges include abuse of power, accepting bribes, and leaking confidential information, CNN reported.

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