Ex-S Korean president indicted for corruption
Added On April 18, 2017
Prosecutors indicted the former South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Monday.
The deposed leader now faces multiple corruption charges including bribery and abuse of power.
A total of 18 criminal charges were levied against Park on Monday. They include bribery, abuse of power, extortion and the leakage of confidential documents.
Park is accused of taking bribes of totalling 52 million U.S. dollars both directly and indirectly, from business conglomerates and their founding families.
The disgraced leader has became the third South Korean president to be indicted by prosecutors.
Park was removed from office on March 10 when the Constitutional Court ruled unanimously to impeach her. She was taken into custody three weeks later.
Park, 65, was charged with colluding with her longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil to receive tens of millions of dollars in bribes from Samsung Group and Lotte Group, while demanding millions dollars from SK Group.
The former president was also accused of leaking confidential government documents to Choi, who allegedly was intervening in state affairs even though she was a civilian without any government post.
Prosecutors have questioned Park five times over the allegations since she was arrested on March 31, Park denies all the charges levied against her.