Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

After ouster, South Korean ex-president rapped for abandoning pets

After ouster, South Korean ex-president rapped for abandoning pets

South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday summoned former president Park Geun-hye for questioning over the huge corruption scandal that led to her being impeached from office last week.

A supporter of ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye holds her portrait in front of her private home in Seoul, South Korea, March 15.

"To stabilize state affairs and fairly administer the presidential election, I've reached the judgment that it is inappropriate for me to run in the election", Hwang was quoted as saying at a Cabinet meeting by Yonhap News Agency.

A presidential palace spokesman denied Park had neglected to take her dogs, telling Reuters that a reason for the dogs staying at the residence since her departure was so they not part with their home.

Hwang became the obvious candidate for conservatives after Ban Ki-moon, the former United Nations secretary general, pulled out of the running.

It is unclear whether Park not taking the dogs with her qualifies as abandonment under South Korea's animal protection law, which defines lost or abandoned animals as those wandering without an owner in public places or left deserted in paper boxes or other containers. While in office, she had immunity and refused to be questioned by prosecutors.

But, Park left behind her nine pet dogs at the presidential Blue House.

State prosecutors have taken over the probe into the corruption scandal embroiling Park from special prosecutors, which ended their 90-day investigation on February 28. Park's legal team has reportedly said she would actively cooperate with the prosecution office's investigation.

Park, the country's first democratically elected leader to be ousted, has been named a criminal suspect for allegedly abusing her power and colluding with her longtime friend Choi Soon-sil in extorting money from local conglomerates. Prosecutors say that Park knew of the plan.

Meanwhile, Lee Jae-yong, the de facto leader of the country's largest business group Samsung, was arrested and indicted on charges including bribery and embezzlement following the probe.

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