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South Korea President Park Geun-hye jailed over corruption allegations

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South Korea’s disgraced former president Park Geun-hye has been arrested and jailed over high-profile corruption allegations that already ended her tumultuous four-year rule and prompted an election to find her successor.


A convoy of vehicles, including a black sedan carrying Park, entered a detention facility near Seoul on Friday after the Seoul central district court granted prosecutors’ request to arrest her. Many Park supporters waved national flags and shouted “president” as Park’s car entered the facility.

Prosecutors can detain her for up to 20 days before formally charging her, meaning she will likely be in jail while her case is heard. A district court normally issues a ruling within six months of an indictment.