Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye Is Formally Indicted

South Korea's former president Park Geun-hye has been formally charged with bribery and abuse of power, setting the stage for a trial that could potentially send her to prison for life.

The prosecution indicted former President Park Geun-hye on April 17 on charges including bribery and abuse of power, concluding a six-month probe into the corruption scandal that forced her out of office. Park is being accused of colluding with her confidante Choi Soon-sil to extort bribes worth more than 70 million US dollars from local conglomerates, and in particular from Samsung. Since her arrest, prosecutors have questioned Park five more times inside the Seoul Detention Center, where she has been held since her arrest.

Prosecutors allege Park colluded with Choi to make Lotte's Shin give 7 billion won ($6.2 million) in bribes to a foundation Choi had set up.

Park and Choi allegedly conspired with one of Park's top presidential advisers to pressure 18 business groups, including Samsung, to donate 77.4 bn won for the launch of two non-profit foundations controlled by Choi.

Lotte has denied allegations that it made improper deals with Park, or those linked to her, for favours. Park, Lee, Choi and Samsung Group have also denied wrongdoing.

Park was removed from office and arrested in March after the South Korean parliament chose to impeach her for the scandals.

Prosecutors arrested Park on bribery and a dozen other criminal charges in March. Choi and Samsung's top executive, Lee Jae-yong, were also under arrest and on trial.

- 1963: Park, then 11, moves into the presidential Blue House after her father, Park Chung-hee, becomes president, two years after he staged a coup and took control of the country.

Park is accused of leaking state secrets to Choi, a high school graduate with no title or security clearance, and letting her handle a wide range of state affairs including senior nomination.

She allegedly used her links to the president to force local firms to "donate" almost 66 million euros to organizations, and allegedly used the cash for personal gain. Some recall him as an abuser of human rights on an enormous scale while others credit him with spearheading a rapid economic rise in the 1960-70s.

Recommended News

  • Top 10 Movies at the Box office during the weekend 8-10 September

    Top 10 Movies at the Box office during the weekend 8-10 September

    Did you know online casino software providers also offer blockbuster casino games? You can visit Canada casino online for reviews. The animation has been at the box office for three weeks and managed to generate a domestic total gross of $15.8 million.
    We deserved to lose against Man Utd, admits Conte

    We deserved to lose against Man Utd, admits Conte

    He said: "I think we have had very good performances - Arsenal here, Tottenham here, when we played really well". We have a 50 per cent probability of winning the league. "Otherwise we deserve another thing".

    Elite men, bulk of field start Boston Marathon

    Katherine Switzerland will be making her fifth appearance at the Crowley Brothers Memorial 10K race in Rutland on June 11 . Over at the John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo runners picked up their bid numbers, gear and any last minute tips.
  • Amazing features on Google Maps

    Amazing features on Google Maps

    Add a parking lot or garage to your destination Google Maps can direct you straight to your chosen parking lot or garage. Create your own custom map You can create your own custom map with places that matter to you or your favourite places.

    Russia warns US against unilateral strike on N Korea

    Their comments came a day after a failed missile test by the North and two days after a huge display of missiles in Pyongyang. The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly on the results of the policy review and requested anonymity.

    Samsung celebrates Galaxy S8 launch in Nairobi

    The DeX Station also features Adaptive Fast Charging (AFC) technology to charge your Samsung smartphone quickly while connected. Samsung has reduced bloatware further with the latest iteration of Grace, while introducing quite a few new UI design updates.
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 phone series

    In a brief demo given to Business Insider last week , it was actually faster than using a fingerprint. Both phones come with better and improved Iris scanner.

    National Basketball Association playoffs 2017: LeBron James says Cavs need 'baby steps' to repeat

    Cleveland went just 23-23 after January 10 and the Cavs have been ranked in the bottom third statistically on defense all season. The Cavs officially announced the signing of 7-foot-3 center Edy Tavares and guard Dahntay Jones on Wednesday.
    Federal judge issues order to block Arkansas executions

    Federal judge issues order to block Arkansas executions

    The state had planned to execute the eight inmates before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires at the end of April. But one got his clemency appeal approved by the parole board and his execution stayed by the state Supreme Court.
  • Kalispell joins protests over Trump tax returns

    Kalispell joins protests over Trump tax returns

    Lyons said that while she's always followed politics, it wasn't until Trump's election that she became really active. Comedian Sarah Silverman and Will And Grace actor Debra Messing were among the demonstrators in New York City.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel urges 'respectful dialogue' in Turkey after referendum

    Supporters of the "Yes" vote celebrate in Istanbul , on Sunday, April 16, 2017. "If we are here today, it is thanks to him. Before the vote, critics had said creating a powerful presidency was an attempt by Erdogan to establish a "one-man rule".

    Orioles at Blue Jays

    Not to be left out of the party, three batters later, Machado hit another two-run shot while also using one of Mancini's bats. Happ (0-3) to a sore elbow in the fifth inning, another blow to a suddenly thin starting rotation. "I felt good", Asher said.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.