Ousted South Korean president now arrested

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was arrested on Friday (March 31) after a South Korean court approved the warrant. Park was removed from office earlier this month—she is the country’s first democratically elected leader to be ousted on accusations of bribery and abuse of power.

Park will be taken to Seoul Detention Center and held in a cell for up to 20 days. The arrest is meant to further investigate collusion allegations of Park and her friend, Choi Soon-sil.

A judge at the Seoul Central District Court stated,  “The cause and the need for the warrant are recognized as the main charges against her have been verified and as evidence could be destroyed.”

Park gave an eight-hour testimony at the same court on Thursday (March 30). After which the judges studied the evidence in detail to decide whether an arrest warrant needed to be issued.