The court has decided to extend the detention period of impeached former President Park Geun-hye.
The Seoul Central District Court on Friday issued an additional arrest warrant for Park, effectively extending her detention by six months after her current warrant expires on Monday.
The court sided with the prosecution, which argued the ex-president could tamper with evidence if released, as well as the graveness of the charges.
The new arrest warrant for Park was issued on the bribery charges involving Lotte and SK Group, which the court did not consider when issuing the previous warrant in March.
Late last month, the prosecution asked the court to detain her longer, claiming an extension would also help with a swift trial of her case, since she is unlikely to attend remaining hearings if freed.
Park’s legal representatives called on the court to release her, arguing the charges regarding Lotte and SK were already factored into the previous warrant. They also said there was no risk of her destroying evidence or fleeing, and said her rights as a defendant should be protected.
Park was removed from power on March tenth. She has been locked in a solitary cell since she was arrested on March 31st. She was indicted on April 17th on charges related to bribery and abuse of power.