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Impeached South Korean president was arrested and jailed on bribery charges

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UPDATE March 31, 2017, 5:57a.m.:

South Korea's disgraced former President Park Geun-hye was arrested and jailed Friday over the corruption allegations that already ended her tumultuous four-year rule and prompted an election to find a successor.

Prosecutors can detain Park for up to 20 days, during which they are expected to formally charge her and have her jailed during the next several months of court procedures. A district court in South Korea normally issues a ruling within six months of an indictment.

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Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye, center, leaves the prosecutors' office as she is transferred to a detention house in Seoul, early Friday, March 31, 2017. A South Korean court on Friday approved the arrest of former President Park Geun-hye over high-profile corruption allegations that already ended her tumultuous four-year rule and prompted an election to find her successor. (Chung Sung-Jun/Pool photo via AP)

In this photo, ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye, center, leaves the prosecutors' office as she is transferred to a detention house in Seoul, early Friday, March 31, 2017. 

ORIGINAL STORY: A South Korea court on Friday has approved the arrest of the country's recently impeached president Park Geun-hye over high-profile corruption allegations, according to the Associated Press. This means Park will be taken to a detention center soon, where she can legally up to 20 days before prosecutors formally charge her.

A district court normally issues a ruling within six months of an indictment.

Impeached South Korean president was arrested and jailed on bribery charges

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Prosecutors accuse Park of collaborating with a confidante to extort from big businesses, take a bribe from one of the companies and commit other wrongdoing. They said they wanted to arrest her because the allegations against her are "grave" and because other suspects in the case have already been arrested.

Meanwhile, the court said it approved her arrest because they were concerned that she may try to destroy evidence. 

A bribery conviction alone could land Park in prison for life.

Park and her confidante Choi Soo-sil deny most of the allegations made against them. 

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