April 25, 2017 10:45
Former President Park Geun-hye is asking a court to postpone her first pretrial hearing slated for May 2.
Park's lawyer Yoo Yeong-ha signaled the plan at the Seoul Central District Court on Friday but did not submit an official application, court officials said.
A member of her defense team said, "There's a mountain of records submitted by prosecutors to charge Park with 18 criminal offenses, and this is a ponderous case, so we've asked the court for enough time to review the records."
Park’s legal team also resorted to procrastination and obstruction throughout her impeachment trial in the apparent hope of diffusing the impact of her downfall and sway public opinion in her favor. Now they apparently want to delay the start of the trial until after the presidential election on May 9.
Park's counsels are apparently fine-tuning the schedule with her alleged co-conspirator Choi Soon-sil, who is already on trial and has been largely uncooperative.
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