South Korean President Snubs Day 1 Of Impeachment Trial

By Jun Pasaylo Jan 03, 2017 09:12 AM EST
South Korean President Impeachment Trial
Chief Justice Park Han-Chul (C) presides over the first hearing arguments for South Korean President Park Geun-hye's impeachment trial at the Constitutional Court on January 3, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.

The first day of the trial that calls for the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye was postponed today. This after the embattled leader, who is facing various corruption charges, failed to appear in court.

Today's hearing is supposed to validate or strike down the parliament's decision to indict Park on corruption charges. The South Korean leader facing political turmoil late last year after she was being accused of using her power to give the due advantage to her family and friend. 

The scandal has caused a large group of Park's ruling Conservative party mates, who broke away to form a new conservative movement. The people that accordingly benefited from Park influence included her friend Choi Soon-sil and daughter Chung Yoo-ra. Chung is currently under the custody of Danish police as the South Korean government is working for her extradition. Choi is under arrest. 

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