Ex-President Park could leave hospital as early as Thursday: help

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SEOUL, March 21 (Yonhap) — Former President Park Geun-hye could be discharged from hospital as early as Thursday, an aide said Monday.

“The release date will be determined after the exam tomorrow morning,” the aide told Yonhap News Agency by phone. “It will probably be between Thursday and Saturday.”

After the release, Park is expected to go straight to a new residence in his hometown of Daegu.

Park stayed in a Seoul hospital for treatment even after she was released on a presidential pardon in December.

She completed her change of address at the new residence in Daegu on March 2 and workers were seen moving a load of household items two days later, leading to speculation that her release was imminent. .

The political community has been watching Park’s move closely, as she previously said she may issue a public message after her release.

In particular, observers are monitoring whether Park will mention President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol in her message.

Yoon, a former prosecutor, led the investigation into Park’s corruption scandal that ultimately led to her impeachment, ousting and imprisonment in 2017.

Park, who received a combined 22-year prison sentence, served four years and nine months in prison before the pardon.

Observers believe Yoon may visit Park’s new home in Daegu before it opens in May.

During his campaign, Yoon said he was sorry for Park’s corruption investigation.

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