South Korea Presidential Poll Scheduled for May

South Korea Presidential Poll Scheduled for May

Prosecutors questioned two employees of the Korea Customs Service (KCS) last week, a prosecution official said Wednesday, as they began looking into allegations that local conglomerates gave kickbacks to former President Park Geun-hye and her friend in return for business favours.

After questioning, Prosecutors will consider seeking a warrant for Park's arrest Prosecutors announced on March 15 that former president Park Geun-hye had been given notice to appear at Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on the morning of March 21.

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.

"I have concluded that it is not appropriate for me to run in the election to maintain stable national security and manage a fair election", Hwang said.

The Constitutional Court ruled Friday to formally end Park's presidency over a huge political scandal involving her and her longtime confidante.

South Koreans will elect a new president on May 9.

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.

The constitutional court unanimously upheld the motion to impeach Park on Friday, about three months after the motion was passed in the parliament by an overwhelming majority.

If Park ignores the summons without a legitimate reason, she can be taken in by force with a court-issued warrant, though prosecutors have been refraining from officially mentioning such a possibility. Park would often post photographs of herself with them on her Facebook page.

Park could also face extortion, bribery and other criminal charges. Prosecutors say that Park knew of the plan.

Other high-profile figures have already been charged in connection with the case, including Lee Jae-yong, heir of electronics giant Samsung. Park, as of now, is facing 13 charges in total.