Timeline: Fall of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye

Source:Globaltimes.cn Published: 2017/3/21 17:57:11

March 21, 2017
Park Geun-hye appeared in the prosecutors' office to be questioned over a corruption scandal that led to her impeachment earlier this month. Park said that she was sorry to people, vowing to face an interrogation faithfully, Xinhua reported. 

March 10, 2017
The South Korean Constitutional Court upheld the parliament's decision to impeach Park Geun-hye, making her the first democratically elected president in the country to be deposed. 

March 6, 2017
Park Geun-hye colluded with a friend to take bribes from Samsung Group aimed at cementing Samsung Chief Jay Y. Lee's control of the conglomerate, the special prosecutor's office said, paving the way for Park to be prosecuted if removed from office.

February 17, 2017
Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong was arrested over suspicions that he paid $38 million bribes to Park Geun-hye’s confidante Choi Soon-sil for business favors. 

January 3, 2017
The first hearing to impeach Park Geun-hye ended in nine minutes with Park not in attendance.

January 1, 2017
Park Geun-hye held a press conference, denying all allegations on her involvement in the influence-peddling scandal that led to her impeachment.

December 21, 2016
A special prosecutor's investigation started into the scandal and an arrest warrant for Choi Soon-sil’s daughter, Chung Yoo-ra, was issued.

December 9, 2016
South Korean parliament passed a historic bill to impeach then President Park Geun-hye. The final tally was 234 votes in favor of impeachment, with 56 against and 2 abstentions. 

Park was stripped of all powers immediately after receiving the copied result on paper while the constitutional court deliberates the impeachment case for as long as 180 days.

November 20, 2016
The prosecution office in charge of the case identified Park as a criminal accomplice to Choi and her two former aides in many of criminal acts. While Park’s lawyer said that Park will reject any interrogation demand from prosecutors and that she will accept an investigation from an independent counsel.

November 4, 2016
Park Geun-hye said that she will accept an investigation into herself, if necessary, by prosecutors over the scandal surrounding Choi Soon-sil. Park apologized once again for the scandal.

October 31, 2016
Choi Soon-sil was arrested under an emergency detention warrant.

October 29, 2016
People attend a rally demanding the resignation of then South Korean president Park Geun-hye.

October 27, 2016
South Korean prosecutors set up a high-powered task force to probe the scandal involving alleged influence peddling by Park Geun-hye’s close confidante Choi Soon-sil.

October 25, 2016
Then South Korean president Park Geun-hye apologized to the public for a local media JTBC report that her longtime confidant, Choi Soon-sil, had free access to her speeches even before Park delivers them.


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