SEOUL, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Former South Korean Prime Minister Han Myeong-sook was arrested Friday in an alleged corruption case, which she has denied.
Han, accused of repeatedly failing to appear to be questioned by prosecutors, is suspected in a $50,000 bribery scandal while she was prime minister, the Seoul central district prosecutors' office said. She has denied the accusations, Yonhap news agency reported.
Han, 65, served in the Roh Moo-hyun administration from April 2006 to March 2007 and is now a senior adviser to the main opposition Democratic Party, Yonhap reported.
A businessman allegedly involved in the bribery scandal is under arrest on embezzlement charges, the report said.
"The prosecution's arrest of the former prime minister is a political ploy to attain its purposes by humiliating her," DP spokesman Woo Sang-ho said in a statement.