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S. Korea denies graft probe extension against Park

Feb 27, 2017, 6:26 AM EST
South Korea's impeached President Park Geun-hye
(Source: Republic of Korea/flickr)

South Korea’s Prime Minister and acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn on Monday turned down special prosecutors’ request for a 30-day extension for investigating impeached President Park Geun-hye over a high-profile graft scandal. Park and one of her close allies are accused of influence-peddling and forcing big businesses to pump donations to two foundations floated by the president.

The corruption scandal, which has rocked the political and business circles in South Korea, has inflamed widespread protests in the country, with demonstrators demanding that Park’s impeachment be upheld, reports Reuters.

Special prosecution spokesman Lee Kyu Chul expressed disappointment over Hwang Kyo’s refusal to extend the probe while two main opposition parties hit back threatening that they would seek the acting president’s impeachment as well, notes The Straits Times.