SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on South Korea's political scandal (all times local):
South Korean prosecutors have formally arrested two former presidential aides as they bring their investigation over a bizarre political scandal closer to President Park Geun-hye.
The Seoul Central District Court said Sunday it granted prosecutors' request for the arrest of Ahn Jong-beom, Park's former senior secretary for policy coordination who is suspected of putting pressure on companies into making large donations to nonprofit organizations controlled by a longtime friend of the president.
The court also issued an arrest warrant for Jung Ho-sung, another former presidential aide suspected of passing on classified presidential documents to Park's friend, Choi Soon-sil.
Park has apologized following suspicion that she allowed Choi, the daughter of a late cult leader, to manipulate power from the shadows.
Tens of thousands of protesters in Seoul have wound down their demonstration demanding that South Korean President Park Geun-hye step down amid an explosive political scandal.
Saturday's protest, the largest anti-government demonstration in the capital in nearly a year, came a day after Park apologized on live television amid rising suspicion that she allowed a mysterious confidante to manipulate power from the shadows.
Police estimated the crowd at 45,000, although protest organizers said about 200,000 people turned out.