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Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been arrested and taken into custody over a corruption scandal that led to her dismissal.The 65-year-old leader was driven to a detention centre south of Seoul after a court approved her arrest. 

She is accused of allowing her close friend Choi Soon-sil to extort money from companies, including Samsung, in return for political favours.Ms Park, who was removed from office earlier this month, denies the



claims. She is the third former president of South Korea to be arrested over criminal allegations.

The Seoul Central District Court earlier issued a warrant to detain Ms Park while she is investigated on charges of bribery, abuse of authority, coercion and leaking government secrets. Ms Park can be held for up to 20 days before being formally charged.

If convicted she could face more than 10 years in prison.


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