Park stripped of right to be buried next to dictator father

Park stripped of right to be buried next to dictator father

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court ruling that formally ended Park Geun-hye's presidency Friday has also stripped her of all the privileges she could have enjoyed as a former head of state, including the right to be buried alongside her late dictator father at a national cemetery.

Her father, Park Chung-hee, continues to divide South Korea because he ruthlessly suppressed civic rights, though supporters say he spearheaded South Korea's dramatic economic rise during his 18-year rule. The senior Park, who was gunned down by his spy chief in 1979, is buried at Seoul's national cemetery with his wife, former first lady Yuk Young-soo, who was killed in an assassination attempt on Park in 1974.

The daughter returned as leader to her childhood home, the presidential Blue House, in early 2013 largely thanks to public nostalgia for her father. But the 65-year-old now must vacate her presidential residence because the Constitutional Court upheld her December parliamentary impeachment over a corruption scandal that has already sent many of her associates to jail.

As a former president, Park can no longer exercise presidential immunity from prosecution and will likely face investigation.

Because she was ousted before her term ended, Park also loses a monthly pension, estimated by local media at 12 million won (about $10,000); a state-provided office; and free medical, telecommunication and other services, according to South Korean law.

Park will still get bodyguards, according to the law.

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