Published: Wed, March 15, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

S.Korean prosecutors to summon ousted president Park over corruption scandal

S.Korean prosecutors to summon ousted president Park over corruption scandal

South Korean prosecutors are set to summon expelled President Park Geun-hye this week, according to an investigation official Tuesday.

Son Bum-kyu, Park's attorney, made the remarks, raising speculation that she could accept the request this time for the face-to-face questioning, which she rejected previous year based on the presidential immunity from criminal prosecution.

Park, who has denied those allegations, was named by prosecutors as an accomplice when they charged her friend, Choi Soon-sil, in November.

"She told Blue House staff to take good care of the dogs and to find good foster homes for the puppies if necessary", spokesman Kim Dong-jo said.

Hwang's office could not immediately confirm the report, and calls to the presidential Blue House weren't answered.

The prosecutor's office would notify Park on Wednesday when she is summoned and would not negotiate on the timing, said the official who declined to be identified.

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North Korean ruling party gazette Rodong Sinmun said Tuesday that South Korea's low economic growth rate, the sinking of the Sewol ferry and the publication of state-authored history textbooks are examples of administrative failure by Park and her government.

There was no immediate comment from Ms Park.

Separately, howls of outrage erupted on social media yesterday over the fate of Ms Park's nine Jindo dogs - a Korean hunting breed renowned for its loyalty - which she left behind when she exited her palace on Sunday after the impeachment.

"Ewha protests were the key to the impeachment", said Lee Taek-Gwang, a professor of cultural studies at South Korea's Kyunghee University.

She became the country's first democratically elected president to be removed from office.

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