A South Korean court here on Thursday began a hearing to decide whether to arrest former President Park Geun-hye, a media report said.

The Seoul Central District Court is hearing the allegations brought against Park, as requested by prosecutors on charges of corruption related to the "Rasputin" scandal, Efe news reported.

Despite not being obliged to do so, the former President appeared in court to attend the hearing. 

If the court accepts the request of the prosecutors, Park will be arrested immediately and transferred to a detention centre in the south of the capital.