- Title: South Korea charges ousted leader Park and Lotte chief with bribery
- Date: 17th April 2017
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (RECENT - MARCH 30, 2017) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** PARK WALKING OUT OF COURT BUILDING PARK WALKING TOWARD CAR AND GETTING IN CAR CAR LEAVING Park arrived at the Seoul Central District Court on March 30 to plead her case that she does not deserve to be arrested while being investigated because she does not pose flight risk nor will she tamper with evidence.
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- Keywords: South Korea former President Park Geun-hye file prosecutor charged bribery corruption
- Location: SEOUL, UIWANG, SOUTH KOREA
- City: SEOUL, UIWANG, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA00A6CSE5OL
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- Story Text:South Korean prosecutors on Monday (April 17) charged ousted president Park Geun-hye with bribery in the latest twist to a corruption scandal that rocked the country for months.
Prosecutors accused Park of colluding with her old friend Choi Soon-sil to receive 7 billion won ($6.16 million) from Lotte for favours, they said in a statement. Park was charged with abuse of power and coercion by pressuring big businesses to contribute funds to non-profit foundations, the prosecutors said.
Park is also charged with taking bribes worth about 29.8 billion won from Samsung scion Jay Y. Lee in exchange for supporting his succession, according to the prosecutors' statement.
Park, Lee, Choi and Samsung Group have denied wrongdoing and are being held at detention centres.
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