Acting S.Korean president asks to respect court's ruling on impeachment

by Jared Lewis March 11, 2017, 0:21
Acting S.Korean president asks to respect court's ruling on impeachment

South Korea's prosecutors will be able to question her on many issues, including the high-profile corruption scandal involving her close friend Choi Soon-sil and Samsung's de facto head Lee Jae-Yong.

Park is expected to move back to her private home in southern Seoul.

Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee has been accused of bribery and embezzlement in connection with the scandal and is in detention.

The unanimous decision given by all 8 judges would make Park, the first ever president of South-Korea to be ousted from office.

As for former President Park, 69.4 percent of the respondents called for a custody investigation, expressing complaints over her repeated sidestepping of questioning by investigators over the past months.

Even after the election, imprisoning Park could still be a burden for a new government, which must pursue national unity to overcome security, economic and other problems, said Chung Jin-young, a professor at Kyung Hee University.

A panel of eight judges had been deliberating on Ms Park's impeachment, before deciding there was sound reason for her dismissal.

She did not appear in court and a spokesman said she would not be making any comment, nor would she leave the presidential Blue House residence yesterday. Reading the decision, acting Chief Justice Lee Jung-mi said: "The negative effects of the president's actions and their repercussions are grave, and the benefits to defending the Constitution by removing her from office are overwhelmingly large".

South Korea for too long was held hostage by its power-hungry president, Park Geun-hye. Liberal Moon Jae-in, who lost to Park in the 2012 election, now enjoys a comfortable lead in opinion surveys.

Park's Liberty Korea Party, formerly known as Saenuri, has yet to put forth a viable presidential candidate.

20 Nov, 2016: Prosecutors indict Ms Choi on charges of abuse of power and attempted fraud.

Nov 29, 2016: In her third televised apology, Park asks parliament to decide how and when she could give up power over the scandal.

9 Dec, 2016: Parliament votes to impeach Ms Park. Businessman James Kim, 43, said: "I totally agree with the court's decision".

Park's removal would allow South Korean policy makers - including acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn - to focus more on a slowing economy, escalating tensions with North Korea and economic retaliation from China over the the Thaad missile-defense system.

He and Samsung have denied wrongdoing.

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