South Korean leader Park Ji-hye has apologized to the public as it will face the prosecution as a criminal suspect stripped of its executive immunity as president.Park, the country’s first democratically elected leader, will be questioned by prosecutors on Tuesday (March 21st) about its role in a large-scale power scandal.
“I am sorry for the people and I will pass the interrogation,” she told reporters at the prosecutors’ office in central Seoul.This is the first time prosecutors have questioned her for losing her immunity. Park Park has refused to give up the sentence until the Constitutional Court passed its final judgment.
Park faces a series of charges including bribery, abuse of power and coercion. The war commander accuses the prisoner, Choi Sun-seil, of being allowed to enter government documents and extort money from some big companies. Park may face more than 10 years in prison if found guilty.
While the investigation is expected to continue for several hours and is likely to pass at midnight, the questioning will not be registered in any form as Park Party, and its lawyers have refused to allow it. Before the interrogation began, Park met briefly with the public prosecutor Roh Seung-Kwon, who is said to have sought sincere cooperation.
Two Park lawyers will be present throughout the prosecution. Security forces have been deployed to prevent any undesirable incident.Dozens of Park supporters gathered outside the building and at her residence, demanding her case be annulled.
Meanwhile, North Korea commented that Park’s removal from office is “a strict rule of history.” Pyongyang said in a statement published by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) that “candlelight vigils among South Koreans were unprecedented expressions … of anger and anger against the dictator Park and her colleagues.”