Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye apologises to the country as she prepares for an interrogation by prosecutors as a criminal suspect in a top-level corruption scandal. Ryan Brooks reports.
Less than two weeks after she was officially kicked out of power, South Korea's fallen president is facing questions as a criminal suspect for the first time. After months of refusing to cooperate with prosecutors, Park Geun-hye left her private home in Seoul on Tuesday (March 21) morning, headed for a grilling. She's lost all presidential immunity, and faces a possible ten years or more in jail for her role in a corruption scandal that's already cost her the presidency. On the steps of the prosecutor's office, she spoke to the country for the first time since being officially impeached. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN FORMER PRESIDENT, PARK GEUN-HYE, SAYING: "I am sorry to the people. I will faithfully cooperate with questioning." Park's been accused of colluding with her friend Choi Soon-sil to squeeze big business for hefty donations, funneled into groups set up to back her policies. That includes millions in bribes allegedly handed over by Samsung Group boss Jay Y. Lee, who's in a prison cell right now. Park has denied wrongdoing and has not yet been charged. Prosecution officials say questioning could stretch well into the night.