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Ex-President Park attends arrest warrant hearing Updated: 2017-03-30 14:38:04 KST

The arrest warrant hearing for former President Park Geun-hye is still in session.
Our Hwang Ho-jun is standing by at the court with more.
Ho-jun Give us the details.

The hearing has been going on for more than seven and half hours, with the judge hearing arguments from both sides, after which he'll review the case.
The next longest arrest warrant hearing since the system was introduced has been the second arrest warrant hearing for Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong, which took about seven and a half hours.

Park arrived here at 10:20 a.m., just eleven minutes after she left her private residence in southern Seoul.
Court was adjourned for about an hour for lunch early in the afternoon, and then again for 15 minutes at 4:20 p.m.
While the hearing is being held behind closed doors it has been reported that in the courtroom, Park is sitting directly opposite the judge.
Her lawyers are to her right, as you can see on the graphic we have for you, and prosecutors seated to her left.

Park is facing 13 charges, including that she colluded with her close confidante Choi Soon-sil to extort tens of millions of dollars from conglomerates, leaked confidential presidential office documents to Choi and ordered the creation of a blacklist of cultural figures critical of the government.
Many of Park's alleged accomplices, including Choi, have already either been arrested or jailed for their suspected involvement in the scandal.

Now, the big question is where Park will be held while the judge is in deliberation.
While nothing has been confirmed yet, observers are speculating she will be told to wait in the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office -- because of its proximity to the court and to minimize security concerns, especially as there are at least 100 protesters demonstrating against Park's arrest outside the court.

The court's ruling is expected to come out later tonight, or early tomorrow morning.
If the court grants the warrant, prosecutors will have up to 20 days to continue their investigation and file formal charges against her. and Park will become the country's third former president to be arrested on criminal charges.
If she's convicted of receiving bribes, she could be facing a minimum of ten years behind bars.
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