Disgraced Park downsized from Blue House to unique cell

SEOUL, South Korea — For a chairman whose life always seemed to revolve around South Korea’s outrageous presidential palace, a subsequent several months will be lived on a most smaller scale.


Park Geun-hye entered a Seoul Detention Center in a black sedan before emergence Friday after a justice authorized her detain on crime allegations.

The suspended boss purebred her name and ID number, went by a elementary health checkup, and gave adult her personal belongings, including hairpins that hold adult her signature bun. She afterwards altered into light-green jail garments and was sealed in a unique cell, according to a apprehension core central who didn’t wish to be named, citing bureau rules.

Park’s dungeon has a television, a toilet, a sink, a list and a mattress. She will be asked to arise during 6 a.m. and go to nap during 8 p.m. She will have to eat during her dungeon and also rinse her possess plate, a central said. A standard unique dungeon during a apprehension core is 6.56 block meters (7.8 block yards).

“She will go by a same routines as other inmates,” a apprehension core central said.

Park is approaching to spend several months in a apprehension core while justice record are holding place.

She has lived in a presidential Blue House twice, initial as a daughter of troops strongman Park Chung-hee, who changed into a house in 1963, dual years after he staged a manoeuvre and took control of a country.

Park left a Blue House following a assassination of her father in 1979. But, following a duration domestic career, she returned after winning a presidency in Dec 2012, interjection to strenuous support from comparison electorate who remembered her father as a favourite who discovered a republic from poverty, notwithstanding his heartless record of municipal oppression.

Park’s tenure was to have finished in Feb 2018, though a Constitutional Court private her from bureau on Mar 10 over a crime scandal.

Occupying a slopes of a downtown Seoul mountain, a Blue House is vast devalue where hundreds of people work in several buildings, including a blue-roofed, 8,476-square scale (10,137 block yard) gymnasium where a categorical presidential bureau is. When she used a office, Park indispensable to travel about 15 meters (16 yards) only to get to her table from a door.

She is a second former boss to be hold during a Seoul Detention Center, that keeps rapist suspects in control before conviction. Roh Tae-woo, who was boss from 1988 to 1993, was sealed there after a 1995 detain for bribery. He was convicted and condemned to jail though was pardoned in 1997.

Its stream detainees embody other pivotal total in a crime liaison that defeated Park, including her longtime friend, Choi Soon-sil, who is suspected of colluding with Park to extract income and favors from companies and personally interfering with state affairs.

Billionaire Samsung successor Lee Jae-yong was incarcerated there after being arrested for allegedly regulating tens of millions of dollars in corporate supports to cheat Park and Choi in sell for business favors.

Park’s former enlightenment minister, Cho Yoonsun, and her ex-chief of staff, Kim Ki-choon, are also being hold during a apprehension core following their arrests over suspicions that they blacklisted thousands of artists deemed as antipathetic to Park to repudiate them state support.

The stream Seoul Detention Center non-stop in Euiwang city in 1987. It transposed a trickery creatively built as a jail in Seoul in 1908. During Japan’s colonial order over a Korean Peninsula, a jail was scandalous as a woe core for Korean autonomy activists. After colonial order finished during a tighten of World War II, South Korea used a trickery as a jail and after as a apprehension center.

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