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>> South Korea's disgraced former president one step closer to a prison cell on Monday. A court confirming it will hold a hearing this week on whether to grant an arrest warrant for Park Geun-hye. That would land her in jail for up to 20 days while she's investigated for alleged crimes, including taking bribes in return for political favors.
Reuters' Ju-min Park explains what the court's decision could hinge on.>> Normally the court accepts prosecutor's requests to arrest suspects when there is a good reason for them to be accused of committing crimes. Or there is a concern over flight risk or evidence being destroyed. The court will hold a hearing to decide on the arrest warrant for Park, where it will try to find out the gravity of her suspected crimes.
And any chances for her to destroy evidence.>> Park is accused of conspiring to pressure big companies to donate millions to foundations that backed her policies. That's already led to the arrest of Samsung boss, Jae Y Lee. And as the case gathers momentum, Telecom's giant SK Group could become the next big target.
>> The group chairman, Chey Tae-Won and group officials were called in by prosecutors for questioning over this scandal. Several media reports said SK also is suspected of making financial contributions in exchange of getting presidential pardon for SK Group chairman Chey, who was jailed for a multi-million dollar fraud.
If Park's arrest warrant is granted, prosecutors can continue their probe into her affairs while she's in custody. They need to file charges against her within the 20 day window. And if those charges lead to a conviction, she could face more than a decade behind bars.