Korean Prosecutors Tell Park to Appear Next Week for Questioning

  • Park faces investigation after losing presidential immunity
  • Korea’s first female leader was ousted by court last week

Park Geun-hye waves to supporters as she arrives at her private home in Seoul on March 12.

Photographer: See Myung-gon/Yonhap via AP Photo

South Korean prosecutors told former leader Park Geun-hye to appear for questioning next week as a criminal suspect in an influence-peddling scandal that cost her the presidency.

Prosecutors ordered Park to show up on March 21 at 9:30 a.m. local time, according to a text message from the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office Wednesday. Park will fully cooperate with the investigation, Yonhap reported, citing one of her lawyers.

The move comes less than a week after the constitutional court affirmed parliament’s decision to impeach the nation’s first female president. While in office, she had immunity and refused to be questioned by prosecutors.

Park is accused of pressuring top business executives, including Samsung Electronics Co. heir-apparent Jay Y. Lee, to donate tens of millions of dollars to foundations run by her longtime friend Choi Soon-sil in return for government favors.

— With assistance by Shinhye Kang

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