After ouster, South Korean ex-president rapped for abandoning pets

S Korea to hold election May 9 prosecutors summon ousted Park

South Korea says it will hold an election on May 9 to choose a successor for ousted President Park Geun-hye.

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 Busan-based animal rights group filed a complaint with the prosecution Monday, asking it to investigate Park's alleged violation of the Animal Protection Law.

"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.

But the situation changed with last week's Constitutional Court ruling removing Park from office, which stripped her of immunity to prosecution and allowed for compulsory investigation.

"But the criminal investigation will continue and could yield more explosive details about corruption at the top levels of government and business".

Her lawyers said in a statement they would cooperate.

Prosecutors said on Wednesday that they planned to summon and question Park next week.

Ms Park told staff members to take good care of the dogs before leaving the Blue House on Sunday, the spokesman added, but that was not enough to prevent a fierce backlash.

The Constitutional Court ruled on Friday to formally end her presidency over a huge political scandal involving her and a confidante. Prosecutors plan to weigh whether to request an arrest warrant after questioning Park.

There have been allegations that the country's leading conglomerates, SK and Lotte, donated large sums of money to two nonprofit foundations controlled by Park's friend Choi Soon-sil in return for favors in winning licenses to run duty-free shops in Seoul. Lee, who has been effectively running the huge conglomerate since his father, Lee Kun-hee, was hospitalized nearly three years ago, is facing charges including bribery, embezzlement, perjury and violating the law on transferring assets overseas.



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