Seoul, April 14 (IANS) A South Korean detention centre was slammed on Friday over allegations that it gave a special favour to former President Park Geun-hye, who has been arrested in connection with a corruption scandal that removed her from office.Also Read - President Xi Jinping Deploys Army After 13 People Killed in Massive Central China Floods
According to the Seoul Detention Centre, Park was allowed to stay at one of its offices for prison guards for two days until it completed the maintenance work for a solitary cell where she was later detained, Yonhap News Agency reported. Also Read - BTS' Permission To Dance Banned In Seoul Gyms, Here's Why
Critics said it was a preferential treatment given to the former President, considering that she was, after all, an arrested criminal suspect under investigation. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee to Visit Delhi During Parliament Session, Says 'Will Meet PM Modi If Appointment Given'
The detention house, however, said it was an “inevitable” decision to avoid Park’s contact with other inmates, citing security reasons.
The repair works reportedly included replacing wallpaper in Park’s cell.
There have been suspicions that a cell refurbishment was requested by the former President, but the detention house denied them, insisting that the wallpaper had not been replaced since 2013.
Park was formally arrested late last month over a string of allegations, including bribery, abuse of power, coercion and leaking government secrets. Prosecutors are expected to level formal charges against her next week.
This is published unedited from the IANS feed.