Former President Park Geun Hye Receives Sentence Of 24 Years In Prison

Former President Park Geun Hye Receives Sentence Of 24 Years In Prison

Former President Park Geun Hye Receives Sentence Of 24 Years In Prison

On Friday in a live screening of trial on television, South Korean Central District Court proclaimed her guilty.

February 13: The court sentences Choi, Park's friend, to 20 years in prison for bribery.

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".

Citing a lack of evidence, the judges rejected prosecutors' allegations that Park sought bribes from Samsung in return for government help to solidify Jay Y. Lee's control of the conglomerate. "The President abused the power which was given to her by the citizens", the judge said, adding a tough sentence was needed to send a firm message to the country's future leaders. She has boycotted the proceedings since October.

The protests show how deeply South Koreans are split along ideological and generational lines, the result of decades-long tension with rival North Korea and the lingering fallout from the conservative military dictatorships that ran the country until the late 1980s.

Following the nation-wide protests a year ago, a vote by the National Assembly and a unanimous decision by the Constitutional Court lead to Park's impeachment over helping Choi. She was indicted the following month.

"The rule of law in this country is dead today", said one pro-Park demonstrator.

Park was expelled from the LKP in November a year ago after her impeachment and subsequent removal from office.

She was ousted from office in December 2016 when she was impeached by the National Assembly.

The scandal surrounding Park and her closest confidante would ultimately ensnare several of South Korea's top officials and business leaders in a web of bribery and graft.

A South Korean court is set to issue a verdict against disgraced former President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal. A tragic figure after the separate assassinations of her mother and father in the 1970s, she rose to political prominence helped by nostalgia for her father's rule.

While the office of current liberal President Moon Jae-in denies any involvement in the decisions, they come amid his push to wipe out what he calls "deep-rooted evil" across society. Ten days later, she is arrested.

Former conservative president Lee Myung-bak, Park's predecessor, was arrested last month on a raft of charges including bribery, embezzlement, tax evasion, abuse of power and breach of trust.

Park Chung-hee's successors, Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo, both ex-army generals, spent time in jail for bribery, treason, munity and other charges after leaving office. She was formally removed from office by the Constitutional Court on March 10, 2017.

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