S Korea president regrets scandal

Seoul: South Korea’s president expressed “belated regret” Monday over the scandal that triggered her impeachment, as the Constitutional Court wrapped up hearings on her fate and her supporters screamed threats outside.
Park Geun-Hye was elected in 2012 with the highest vote share of any presidential candidate in South Korea’s democratic era. But she was impeached by parliament in December over a massive corruption and influence-peddling scandal that prompted millions to take to the streets to call for her ouster. She has since been on trial for her political life at the Constitutional Court in Seoul, which is set to decide in March whether to approve her removal from office — which would trigger new elections — or return her to the Blue House. South Korean special prosecutors investigating impeached President Park were denied permission to extend their probe and question her in person on Monday amid a graft scandal that threatens to topple her from office.
The special prosecutor’s office will make its final indictments before its investigation into the scandal, which has engulfed the highest levels of politics and business in South Korea, closes on Tuesday, spokesman Lee Kyu-chul told reporters.
— Agencies