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South Korean detention centre slammed for favour to ex-President Park Geun-hye

Park was allowed to stay at one of its offices for prison guards for two days until it completed the maintenance work for a solitary cell.

By: IANS | Seoul | April 14, 2017 1:54:04 pm
South Korea’s ousted leader Park Geun-hye leaves a prosecutor’s office in Seoul, South Korea, March 22, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

A South Korean detention centre was slammed on Friday over allegations that it gave a special favour to former President Park Geun-hye, who has been arrested in connection with a corruption scandal that removed her from office. According to the Seoul Detention Centre, Park was allowed to stay at one of its offices for prison guards for two days until it completed the maintenance work for a solitary cell where she was later detained, Yonhap News Agency reported.

Critics said it was a preferential treatment given to the former President, considering that she was, after all, an arrested criminal suspect under investigation. The detention house, however, said it was an “inevitable” decision to avoid Park’s contact with other inmates, citing security reasons. The repair works reportedly included replacing wallpaper in Park’s cell.

There have been suspicions that a cell refurbishment was requested by the former President, but the detention house denied them, insisting that the wallpaper had not been replaced since 2013. Park was formally arrested late last month over a string of allegations, including bribery, abuse of power, coercion and leaking government secrets. Prosecutors are expected to level formal charges against her next week.

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