Prosecutors to summon Park Geun-hye next Tuesday

Former President Park Geun-hye returns to her private house in Samseong-dong, Seoul, on Mar. 12. / Yonhap

By Ko Dong-hwan

Prosecutors looking into the corruption scandal centered on former President Park Geun-hye and her longtime friend Choi Soon-sil have sent Wednesday morning a summons to Park for questioning on Mar. 21.

The summons came after the Constitutional Court’s decision to impeach her on Friday stripped her of immunity from criminal prosecution.

Her lawyers said Wednesday she will fully cooperate with the investigation that will question her over multiple allegations that led to her ouster last week.

Park’s legal representative Son Bum-kyu told reporters in a text message that “We have received the summons,” adding they will “fully cooperate with the investigation.”

He earlier said she will answer the summons, “unless there are special circumstances.”

Park, during her presidency, effectively rejected to undergo a direct investigation, while a number of her former aides have been questioned over their alleged involvement in the scandal.

If Park answers to the summons, she will be the country’s fourth former president to undergo questioning over criminal allegations, following Roh Tae-woo, Chun Doo-hwan and the late Roh Moo-hyun.

Roh killed himself in 2009 amid an investigation into allegations that his family members accepted illicit funds.

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