- Park Geun-hye has been sent to 24 years in prison
- The former South Korea president was found guilty of corruption
- She was arrested in 2017 and has been in detention since then
Park Geun-hye who is the former president of South Korea has been sentenced to 24 years in prison after she was found guilty of abuse of power and corruption.
According to The Guardian, the former president was sentenced on Friday, April 6 although she was not present at the ruling citing sickness.
The prosecutors had asked for a 30-year jail sentence and an £80m fine on charges which were also related to bribery and coercion.
It was reported that “Park had colluded with her long-time friend Choi Soon-sil to solicit bribes from South Korean conglomerates including Samsung and retail giant Lotte in exchange for policy favours.”
She was also accused of collecting bribe to the tune of £25m and pressuring companies to fund nonprofits run by Choi’s family.
In February, Choi was sentenced to 20 years in prison for enriching herself by using her influence to gain favour.
Park was the first democratically-elected president of South Korea to be removed from office outside the electoral process and has been in detention since 2017 after her arrest.
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.
Park is standing trial for alleged bribery, abuse of power and other crimes in a groundbreaking corruption case that marked a stunning fall from grace for the country’s first female leader.
She was dismissed in March 2017 after being impeached but denied wrongdoing, Channel News Asia reports.
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