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Ousted S. Korean President indicted for corruption

Three people died and dozens were injured in violent protests that broke out in Seoul last month after South Korea's Constitutional Court upheld a parliamentary vote to impeach Park over allegations of corruption and cronyism.

South Korean prosecutors on Monday charged the chairman of retail giant Lotte in connection with the corruption scandal that brought down former president Park Geun-Hye.

Prosecutors charged Shin without detaining him.

Park has been jailed at a detention center near Seoul since she was arrested late last month amid accusations from prosecutors that she extorted money from businesses, took bribes from one of the companies and committed other wrongdoing, all in collaboration with a secretive confidante.

Critics have accused the detention centre of giving Ms Park preferential treatment.

Park has denied any legal wrongdoing.

Ms Park was given permission to stay in one of the Seoul Detention Centre's prison guard offices for two days, while maintenance work was underway in the cell where she is now being held, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Choi Soon-sil appears for the first day of her trial at court in Seoul. Choi and Samsung's Lee Jae-yong were also arrested and are on trial.

South Korea is to hold an election on May 9 to choose her successor.

While deeply unpopular among many South Koreans, Park still has supporters, and some conservative politicians and media outlets are already demanding that authorities pardon her if she's convicted.

Lotte denied allegations that it made improper deals with Park, or those linked to her, for favours, but said it would explain itself at court to resolve suspicions.

Lotte group chairman Shin Dong Bin arrives during the President political scandal parliament hearing at national assembly in Seoul.

Park is also charged with taking bribes worth about 29.8 billion won from Samsung scion Lee in exchange for supporting his succession, according to the prosecutors' statement.

Park is the daughter of the former military dictator Park Chung-hee, who seized power in a coup in 1961 and ruled South Korea with martial law until his assassination in 1979.

South Korea's biggest conglomerate has already been drawn into the inquiry. Park leaves the Blue House after her father's state funeral.

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