AP Explains: Park’s fate and what happens next in S. Korea

(AP) Park was sent to a detention facility near Seoul on Friday after the Seoul Central District Court accepted a request from prosecutors to arrest her. Prosecutors can now detain her for up to 20 days before formally indicting her.

The penalty for the bribery charge ranges from 10 years in prison to life imprisonment. But South Korea has a history of pardoning convicted former leaders, and some conservative politicians and media are urging that Park not be punished further, saying she has already lost the presidency, her reputation and many of her political allies. Others disagree, saying the law must be fair to everyone and that Park is at the heart of the scandal.

Source: By HYUNG-JIN KIM, AP News


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