South Korean court extends detention of ex-president Park

A South Korean court on Friday decided to extend the detention of impeached President Park Geun-hye who has been in custody and stood trial over corruption charges including bribery.

The Seoul Central District Court issued another arrest warrant for Park, which allows the former leader to be detained for as long as six more months.

Park was taken into custody in late March after the constitutional court approved the impeachment of Park over a corruption scandal embroiling Park and her longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil.

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The initial arrest warrant for Park was scheduled to terminate next Monday. By local law, a criminal suspect can be detained as long as six months with a detention warrant.

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