Former South Korean leader Park due for corruption verdict

Former South Korean leader Park due for corruption verdict
FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2017 file photo, Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left, arrives for her trial at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea. A South Korean court says it'll allow a live broadcast of the verdict Friday, April 6, 2018, at the trial of disgraced ex-President Park. Park was arrested last year on a slew of corruption charges after being removed from office. Prosecutors are demanding a 30-year prison term if the court finds her guilty. The court said it decided to allow the hearing to be televised live in consideration of public interests. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP, File)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court is set to issue a verdict against disgraced former President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal.

Park has been held at a detention center near Seoul since her arrest in March 2017, after she was removed from office amid months of massive rallies calling for her ouster.

Prosecutors have requested a 30-year prison term on Park, after charging her with colluding with a confidante to take tens of millions of dollars from businesses in bribes and extortion.

The Seoul Central District Court says it plans to issue a verdict on Park on Friday.

Park is a daughter of late dictator Park Chung-hee, who ruled South Korea from 1961-1979.