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South Korea's Former President Park Geun-Hye Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison

Accepted submission by takyon at 2018-04-06 12:46:24

South Korea's former President Park Geun-hye [] has been imprisoned for 24 years [] for her role in a corruption scandal:

Park became South Korea's first democratically elected leader to be forced from office last year when the Constitutional Court ordered her out over a scandal that landed the heads of two conglomerates in jail. The court also fined Park, the daughter of a former military dictator, 18 billion won ($16.9 million) after finding her guilty of charges including bribery, abuse of power and coercion.

"The defendant abused her presidential power entrusted by the people, and as a result, brought massive chaos to the order of state affairs and led to the impeachment of the president, which was unprecedented," judge Kim Se-yoon said as he handed down the sentence.

Up to 1,000 Park supporters gathered outside the court, holding national flags and signs calling for an end to "political revenge" against her.

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. Most of the money was intended to bankroll non-profit foundations run by Choi's family and confidants, and to fund the education of Choi's horse-riding daughter, the court said.

Also at BBC [] and NYT [].

Previously: South Korean President Park Geun-hye Impeached []
President Park Geun-hye's Impeachment Upheld as South Korea's "Trial of the Century" Begins []
Ousted South Korean Leader Behind Bars After Arrest on Bribery Charges []
Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Sentenced to Five Years in Corruption Scandal Ruling []

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