Ousted South Korean leader Park sentenced to 24 years over corruption scandal

Ousted South Korean leader Park sentenced to 24 years over corruption scandal

Ousted South Korean leader Park sentenced to 24 years over corruption scandal

A former President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye was on Friday found guilty of corruption charges and sentenced to 24 years imprisonment. Ko tipped off two broadcasters to the abuse of power by Choi and Park, including by secretly videotaping Choi bossing over two presidential aides and giving the footage to the media. Park Geun-hye returns from Paris, where she had been studying, and begins serving as acting first lady.

The court said in its ruling that Park abused her presidential status and the power entrusted in her by the people, and has shown no signs of repentance.

The Seoul Central District Court says it plans to issue a verdict on Park on Friday. But while public anger was intense, her activities were seen as merely another example of the murky ties between government and business at the upper echelons of Korean society.

The leader was, however, conspicuous by her absence at the court since she boycotted the trial accusing to be biased against her.

Park hit a bad patch in her political stint when she was impeached by lawmakers in December 2016 and was subsequently removed from office by a Constitutional Court ruling in March 2017.

"We deplore the court's decision to broadcast the trial live like a sports event".

The court found Park guilty of colluding with her old friend, Choi Soon-sil, to receive about 7 billion won ($6.56 million) each from Lotte Group, a retail giant, and Samsung, the world's biggest maker of smartphones and semiconductors, while demanding 8.9 billion won from SK, an energy conglomerate. Park once described Choi as someone who helped her when she had difficulties.

The fact that she never married or had children was part of her appeal, given the nepotistic tendencies of many senior officials.

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Her father, Park Chung-hee, orchestrated a military coup in 1961 and ruled Korea as a dictator who brutally crushed dissidents and opposition.

Park was accused of being unduly influenced by Choi.

Former leaders Chun and Roh received presidential pardons after each spent around two years in jail - a privilege that may elude Park for many years, said Jeong Han-wool, an analyst at think tank Hankook Research. She was tried separately and sentenced in February to 20 years in prison.

"History that is not remembered is said to repeat itself", the statement read.

Her predecessor, Lee Myung-bak, is also being investigated for corruption. "We will not forget today".

Outside the court, hundreds of supporters of Park had gathered to watch the verdict on a large screen, waving Korean and USA flags and calling for the former president's release.

NAIJ.com had reported that South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday, February 27, sought a 30-year prison sentence for former president Park Geun-hye who was impeached in 2017.

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