Korean prosecutors to summon ousted president

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Prosecutors are preparing to summon the ousted South Korean president over the corruption scandal that has engulfed the country's business and political elite.

Ms Park's friend and secret confidante Choi Soon Sil is standing trial for using her ties to the former leader to force local firms to "donate" almost US$70 million (S$99 million) to non-profit foundations Choi allegedly used for personal gain.

A spokesman for the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said investigators would summon Park, with a date to be fixed on Wednesday. "We will let you know once we are prepared".

Ms Park left the Blue House presidential palace in Seoul on Sunday to return to her private home in the city as an ordinary citizen, stripped of her presidential immunity that has shielded her from prosecution.

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The Presidential Archives within the National Archives of Korea has initiated the process of transferring the records of impeached former President Park Geun-hye. "We will decide on the method as well", he said.

In case Park fails to appear, the official said, it's hard to say at this stage what steps the prosecutors will take next.

Park was requested to face questioning as a suspect in earlier investigations by state prosecutors soon after the scandal emerged in October, and by the independent counsel later. The election is expected to take place May 9.

A ministry official said Tuesday it appears that the North intends to ignite internal conflict in the South.

When Ms Park took office in February 2013, she moved into the Blue House with two puppies named Saerom and Heemang - "New" and "Hope" respectively in Korean - given to her by her former neighbours.