Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye has appeared in public for the first time in five years after being released from prison in late 2021 following a presidential pardon.
Park was discharged from a Seoul hospital on Thursday. She was being treated there for pre-existing health conditions.
Later in the day, the ex-president expressed her gratitude to her supporters as she returned home to the southeastern city of Daegu.
Park told them that she was grateful to have received her warmly despite the fact that she had disappointed them. She also said that she would try to meet their expectations in the future as an ordinary citizen.
Park was removed from the job in 2017. She was later arrested and convicted of accepting bribes, including from the country’s largest conglomerate, the Samsung Group. She was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
Park was released on a presidential pardon late last year after approximately four years and nine months in custody.
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has expressed his intention to see Park before taking office in May. Yoon conducted a special investigation into the allegations regarding Park as a prosecutor. Attention in South Korea is now on whether the meeting will be carried out.