South Korean former president Park Geun-hye arrives at Seoul Central District Court for a hearing on an arrest warrant against her. Samantha Vadas reports.
Met by chanting supporters and more than one thousand police officers, South Korea's disgraces former president Park Geun-hye emerges from her home. The former leader making her way to the Seoul central district court on Thursday (March 30) for a hearing over a warrant seeking her arrest. Whisked across town flanked by huge crowds and tight security, Park appeared expressionless as she arrived to plead her case not to be put in handcuffs while prosecutors investigate her. She was removed from office this month over a massive national corruption scandal, but argues that she doesn't pose a flight risk and won't try to tamper with evidence. Something echoed by her supporters who turned up outside the court. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 63-YEAR-OLD SOUTH KOREAN SUPPORTER OF OUSTED PRESIDENT PARK GEUN-HYE, HAHN SUNG-CHU, SAYING: "The impeachment was a fraud with no valid evidence. That's why we, the patriotic citizens who think the president should not be arrested, have gathered here." Park is accused of trying to squeeze bribes from some of the country's largest conglomerates. She could become the country's third former leader to end up behind bars. And if a judge rules that she should be arrested, prosecutors will have up to 20 days to file formal charges and put her on trial.