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SoKor’s Park attends hearing

SEOUL (Reuters) – A South Korean court began deliberating on Thursday whether to arrest ousted president Park Geun-hye, who was removed from office in a corruption scandal involving charges she solicited bribes from the country’s largest conglomerate.

Park could become South Korea’s third former leader to be jailed for wrongdoing. She is accused of colluding with a friend, Choi Soon-sil, to pressure big businesses to contribute to foundations set up to back her policy initiatives.

The 65-year-old appeared expressionless as she arrived at the Seoul Central District Court at 10:20 a.m. to plead her case that she should not be arrested while prosecutors investigate the scandal that has ensnared South Korea’s political and business elite.

Park, South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office, argues that she does not pose a flight risk and will not try to tamper with evidence. She and Choi have both denied any wrongdoing.

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