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In this March 30, 2017, file photo, former South Korean President Park Geun-hye arrives at the Seoul Central District Court for a hearing on a prosecutors' request for her arrest for corruption, in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean prosecutors on Monday, April 17, 2017, indicted Park on high-profile corruption charges that could potentially send her to jail for life. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, Pool, File)

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Supporters of former President Park Geun-hye hold a banner with pictures of Park and national flags before a rally at downtown Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 1, 2017. Thousands of supporters of arrested former President Park gather in South Korea's capital on Saturday to call for her release. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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FILE - In this March 1, 2016, file photo, South Korean President Park Geun-hye leaves after a ceremony to celebrate the March First Independence Movement Day, the anniversary of the 1919 uprising against Japanese colonial rule, in Seoul, South Korea. Media reports say that South Korean prosecutors have decided to ask a court issue a warrant to arrest former President Park on corruption allegations. Yonhap news agency reported Monday, March 27 2017, that prosecutors reached the decision after they grilled Park last week over suspicions she colluded with a jailed confidante to extort from companies and allowed the friend to secretly interfere with state affairs (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

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In this Sunday, March 12, 2017 photo, ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye smiles as she is greeted by supporters upon her arrival at her private home in Seoul, South Korea. Park expressed defiance toward the corruption allegations against her as she vacated the presidential palace and returned to her home on Sunday, two days after the Constitutional Court removed her from office. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

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Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye cry during a rally opposing her impeachment near the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 10, 2017. In a historic ruling Friday, 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. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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Protesters shout slogans during a rally calling for impeachment of President Park Geun-hye near the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 10, 2017. People gathered Friday ahead of a court ruling on whether impeached Park will be removed from office over a corruption scandal or allowed to complete her term. The letters read "Impeachment, Park Geun-hye." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye stage a rally opposing her impeachment near the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 10, 2017. People gathered Friday ahead of a court ruling on whether impeached Park will be removed from office over a corruption scandal or allowed to complete her term. The sign reads " South Koran President Park Geun-hye." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye wave national flags during a rally opposing her impeachment near the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 10, 2017. People gathered Friday ahead of a court ruling on whether impeached Park will be removed from office over a corruption scandal or allowed to complete her term. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye shout slogans during a rally opposing her impeachment near the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 10, 2017. People gathered Friday ahead of a court ruling on whether impeached South Korean President Park will be removed from office over a corruption scandal or allowed to complete her term. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye wave national flags during a rally opposing her impeachment near the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 10, 2017. People gathered Friday ahead of a court ruling on whether impeached Park will be removed from office over a corruption scandal or allowed to complete her term. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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Protesters shout slogans during a rally calling for impeachment of President Park Geun-hye near the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 10, 2017. Sensing history, hundreds of people gathered Friday ahead of a court ruling on whether impeached South Korean President Park will be removed from office over a corruption scandal or allowed to complete her term. The letters read "Impeachment, Park Geun-hye." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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Protesters shout slogans during a rally calling for impeachment of President Park Geun-hye near the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 10, 2017. Sensing history, hundreds of people gathered Friday ahead of a court ruling on whether impeached South Korean President Park will be removed from office over a corruption scandal or allowed to complete her term. The letters read "Impeachment, Park Geun-hye." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2016, file photo, South Korean President Park Geun-hye makes a live televised address in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea's Constitutional Court rules to formally end impeached President Park's rule. (Pool Photo via AP, File)

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A protester wearing a mask, attends during a rally calling for impeachment of President Park Geun-hye near the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 10, 2017. People gathered Friday ahead of a court ruling on whether impeached Park will be removed from office over a corruption scandal or allowed to complete her term. The letters read "Arrest Park Geun-hye." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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In this Jan. 1, 2017, file photo provided by the South Korean Presidential House, impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye, center, listens to a reporter's question during a meeting with a selected group of reporters at the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea. (South Korean Presidential House via AP, File)

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Protesters shout slogans as they hold signs and candles during a rally demanding the resignation of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. Even on New Year's Eve, large crowds of South Koreans gathered to join another rally demanding the ouster of impeached President Park Geun-hye, who's determined to restore her powers through a court trial. The letters read "Arrest, Park Geun-hye." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye wave their national flags during a rally opposing her impeachment in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. The Constitutional Court has up to six months to decide whether Park should permanently step down over a corruption scandal or be reinstated. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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A supporter holds a picture of South Korean President Park Geun-hye as others hold their national flags during a rally opposing her impeachment in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. The Constitutional Court has up to six months to decide whether Park should permanently step down over a corruption scandal or be reinstated. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye, third from left front, arrives as the opposition party's lawmakers holding signs reading "President Park Geun-hye Step Down" upon her arrival to meets with National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. South Korean prosecutors have raided the Seoul office of Samsung Electronics in connection with a snowballing influence-peddling scandal involving President Park Geun-hye's longtime confidante. (Bae Jae-man/Yonhap via AP)

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To gain stature as a "statesman" in the male-dominated South Korean political arena, President Park Geun-hye developed skills in international politics, harking back to the time when she met foreign leaders as the lady of the Blue House. As a student, she made an impression as a person of integrity and honesty who worked hard and had little patience with liars and cheaters. (Associated Press)