March 21, 2017 09:34
Ex-President Park Geun-hye appeared at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Tuesday morning to finally answer questions over the massive influence-peddling and corruption scandal that led to her ouster.
Security was tight as Park made a brief statement before facing a full day's questioning.
"I am sorry to the public. I will faithfully go through the interrogation," Park said in a firm voice amid a blizzard of flashlights.
A team of nine lawyers coached Park until the last minute to answer 13 charges, including abuse of power, extortion and taking bribes. "We had a final rehearsal to prepare for the investigation," her lawyer Sohn Beom-kyu told reporters.
Prosecutors said they hope to finish questioning her before midnight "but will have to see how it goes," according to a spokesman.
Park has so far refused to be questioned despite tearful public pledges to cooperate with the previous two investigations while she was still nominally in office, but after the Constitutional Court upheld her impeachment early this month, she can no longer hide behind her presidential immunity.
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