New trial opens for disgraced South Korea ex-leader Park

SEOUL: (HRNW) The retrial of ousted former South Korean president Park Geun-hye began Wednesday over the sprawling corruption scandal that saw her impeached, convicted and jailed, only for the hearing to end after five minutes.

Park, the country’s first female president, boycotted the session, Yonhap news agency reported — she has refused to take part in the judicial proceedings against her for more than two years.

As a result, the Seoul High Court adjourned and scheduled another session for January 31, when it will move straight to closing arguments, Yonhap reported.

Park was brought down in 2017 after huge street protests triggered by allegations that she and a close friend took bribes from top conglomerates for government favours.

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