The Seoul Central District Court announced Friday that it has extended former president Park Geun-hye's detention period, which puts her in detention for at least two months, and upto six months.
The court said they have decided to do so as there's a possibility for Park to destroy evidence, in ways like coordinating her statements with other key figures involved with the case.
Prosecutors had requested last month for the extension of Park's detention period, which was set to expire on October 16.
The disgraced leader was indicted in April on a total of 18 charges, including corruption, abuse of power and bribery, following allegations that she colluded with her close confidante to coerce some 70-million U.S. dollars in bribes from large business groups including Samsung.
Legal experts expect Park's first ruling to be out by the end of November.
Meanwhile, Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong had his first appeal trial on Thursday.
Lee was sentenced in August to 5 years in prison after being convicted of a string of crimes, including bribery, embezzlement and perjury. Lee's legal team filed for appeal, arguing that the Samsung heir-apparent is innocent on all the charges.
Lee Ji-won, Arirang News.