Former Aide to South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye Ousted

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Park Geun-hye can be detained up to 20 days during investigation into accusations of bribery and abuse of power that led to impeachment

According to The Korean Herald, president Park Geun-hye’s former aide was ousted. He recently appeared in court to “fight against the prosecution’s request for his arrest warrant over charges tied to the scandal.”

The former aide and previous prosecutor, Woo Byung-woo, is associated with the scandal that “led to Park’s removal from power and arrest.” Byung-woo was the senior presidential secretary for civil affairs between the 2015 and 2016. He is suspected of meddling in state affairs.

Byung-woo “turned up at the Seoul Central District Court in southern Seoul at 10:05 a.m. to attend the hearing, which will likely continue for several hours. A decision on whether he will be arrested is expected to come near or past midnight.”

His charges total 8: peddling influence to boot “uncooperative” officials in addition to negligence of duty and abuse of authority, and perjury. He is suspected to have lied under oath during a parliamentary inquiry.

External to these charges are allegations “of embezzlement and disruption of a probe into the 2014 sinking of the Sewol ferry are not included. He has been separately investigated for alleged embezzlement involving his family members.”

There have been 50 witnesses who have been inquired as to the situation with Byung-woo. Byung-woo, as an important note, has avoided both indicted and imprisonment in spite of the numerous allegations and charges in his recent career.

“A number of ex-ministers, presidential aides and Samsung Group’s de facto chief Lee Jae-yong are standing trial in connection to the corruption scandal.”

On March 10, president Park Geun-hye was “forced” from office and ‘stripped’ of the immunity typically afforded to presidents from criminal investigations, based on the charges and allegations. On March 31, Geun-hye was arrested with inquiries ongoing while in jail.

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