A South Korean court has ordered the arrest of former President Park Geun-hye after prosecutors sought to detain her on suspicion of bribery and abuse of powers.
The Seoul Central District Court granted the warrant following a hearing on Thursday, it said in a text message. The court also said that the arrest warrant was approved because of concern that Park could destroy evidence. The former president, who was waiting for the court decision at the prosecutors’ office, was taken to the Seoul Detention Center where Samsung’s Jay Y. Lee and Park’s long-time friend Choi Soon-sil are being held.
The court said in a text message that there was “reason and necessity” to arrest Park. “Major allegations were explained and proved and there were concerns over evidence destruction,” the court said.
Her detention is the latest milestone in a corruption scandal that has gripped the nation for months, leading to her ouster and …