The corruption trial of South Korea’s ousted president Park Geun-hye on has commenced at a Seoul court. There are eighteen charges against Park, the country’s first democratically elected leader to be removed from office, including extortion, bribery and abuse of power.
She could be imprisoned for life if convicted. Park was brought from prison to the Seoul Central District Court in handcuffs today on a justice ministry bus, with at least six guards on board.
Grim-looking Park, wearing a blue trouser suit and a badge with her inmate number 503, avoided eye contact with her longtime secret confidante and alleged co-conspirator, Choi Soon-sil.
Park is accused of colluding with her friend, Soon-sil, to extort money from some of South Korea’s biggest companies, including Samsung, in return for political favours.