The Latest: S.Korea’s Park leaves court after start of trial

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2016, file photo, South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye is seated during the opening ceremony of the G-20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou, China. In a historic ruling Friday, March 10, 2017, South Korea's Constitutional Court formally removed impeached President Park Geun-hye from office over a corruption scandal that has plunged the country into political turmoil, worsened an already-serious national divide and led to calls for sweeping reforms.(Nicolas Asfouri/Pool Photo via AP, File)


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye has left a Seoul court after the start of her trial for bribery and other corruption charges.

YTN television network showed female guards escorting Park, in handcuffs, to take a bus at the Seoul Central District Court on Tuesday. YTN later showed the bus moving to what it called a detention center near Seoul, where Park has been jailed since late March.

Tuesday was the opening session of Park’s criminal trial, which is expected to take several months. Park is to commute from the detention center to the Seoul court during the trial.

Prosecutors have charged Park with extorting money from big businesses and taking bribes from some of them in collaboration with a longtime confidante.

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