Just three weeks after South Korean President Park Geun-hye was formally ousted from power, she has been arrested for her role in the scandal that led to her impeachment.
A district court in Seoul issued the warrant early Friday local time, hours after the disgraced politician appeared before the court for questioning. Park’s marathon warrant-request hearing Thursday lasted nearly nine hours — the longest in South Korean history for such a hearing.
Park faces 13 charges in total, including bribery, abuse of power and the leaking of state secrets. She can be held in jail for up to 20 days as the investigation unfolds.
“There is a concern over destruction of evidence, so the grounds and necessity for [her] arrest are acknowledged,” warrant judge Kang Bu-young explained in a statement.