March 31, 2017 4:34 am JST

S.Korea court approves warrant to arrest ousted president Park Geun-hye

Park Geun-hye walks into the Seoul Central District Court on Thursday.

SEOUL (Reuters) -- A South Korean court on Friday approved a warrant to arrest ousted president Park Geun-hye, the country's first democratically elected leader to be thrown out of office, on accusations of bribery and abuse of power.

Park can be held in a cell for up to 20 days while she is investigated over allegations that she colluded with a friend, Choi Soon-sil, to pressure big businesses to contribute to now-defunct foundations set up to back her policy initiatives.

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