Court to rule Tuesday on Park's friend in influence-peddling scandal

16 February, 2018, 04:17 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
  • Choi Soon-sil had been a friend of former South Korean president Park Geun-hye for decades

The ruling came 450 days after she was indicted in 2016.

Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin got a jail term of two and a half years for bribery, forfeiting 7 billion won (6.5 million USA dollars). The chairman present in court, was taken into custody.

The then senior economic secretary to Park was given six years in prison yesterday for blackmailing conglomerates into making contributions to two foundations run by Choi.

Prosecutors had demanded a 25-year sentence for Choi. However, last week's ruling said Lee's bribe-giving was a "passive compliance to political power", appearing to put the weight of the blame on Park and Choi.

Kim, the judge, said Park "abandoned constitutionally-given responsibility and gave position and power to others" and that Choi used her position "to monopolize state business and seek personal gain". "Severe punishment is unavoidable".

The de-facto head of technology giant Samsung Electronics Co. was jailed past year in a related trial but he was unexpectedly released last week on appeal, in a ruling that was perceived as a setback to government pledges to curtail the power of the nation's corporate elite. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison, a little longer than was expected, with a fine of 92 thousand dollars.

Among her crimes was pressuring major companies to donate large sums to foundations under her control and receiving bribes from Samsung and Lotte.

The corruption scandal has sent many of Park's aides, high-profile government officials and business tycoons to trial and jail.

Choi is the confidante of Park, who was dismissed from the presidency past year after being impeached over a corruption scandal that paralysed her administration and triggered massive street protests.

Amid the bribery claims, thousands protested calling for Park to step down.

Choi received a three-year prison term in a separate court case related to her influence-peddling in university admissions.

In the Lotte case, the court said Chairman Shin Dong-bin offered 7 billion won ($6.5 million) in payments to Choi's foundations to curry favors such as winning a state license to open a duty-free shop and to strengthen his control over the group.

Shin's arrest creates a leadership vacuum at Lotte, a retail-to-chemicals giant with 110.8 trillion won ($102 billion) worth of assets, as it navigates mounting losses at its China operations.

"Choi's actions shook the order of society, causing great confusion which led to the unprecedented impeachment of a president", a judge said at the Seoul Central District Court. She denies any wrongdoing.


  • Alvaro Morata: 'I was wrong to play with pain'

    Alvaro Morata: 'I was wrong to play with pain'

    In his press conference on Friday, Conte: 'He has this problem, we are trying to find a solution to solve the pain in his back. Chelsea fans will not be happy to hear their star striker talking up Real, with the goalscorer now unavailable for selection.
    25 distressed OFWs from Kuwait back home

    25 distressed OFWs from Kuwait back home

    Bello said there are also other options for workers repatriated from Kuwait. Bello, meantime, revealed the creation of a task force, led by Usec.
    Chinese woman rides through X-ray scanner rather than parting with purse

    Chinese woman rides through X-ray scanner rather than parting with purse

    "You see new unusual things every day", a person wrote on social media after seeing the Dongguan footage. Shocked staff did not stop her as she clambered off and went to get her train at Dongguan, China.
  • 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Millennium Falcon Lego Set

    'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Millennium Falcon Lego Set

    Solo: A Star Wars Story is now in post-production, but earlier this month, Spider-Man: Homecoming actor Favreau shared a photo of himself on Twitter with Howard and Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan .
    Russia Plans To Help Syria Rebuild Devastated Oil, Power Industries

    Russia Plans To Help Syria Rebuild Devastated Oil, Power Industries

    The US military has confirmed that it has attacked pro-government forces in eastern Syria . The Russian Defence Ministry has insisted its troops were not involved in the incident.
    South African ruling party leaders to meet amid Zuma limbo

    South African ruling party leaders to meet amid Zuma limbo

    The two were widely expected to hold another meeting this weekend, which will signal a final decision on Zuma's future. Mantashe said Ramaphosa was dealing with a "complex situation", however, officials were agreed on the "end game".
  • "NO CONFIDENCE" - Faculty says MSU Trustees need to go

    Inside the International Center on MSU's campus, students and faculty voiced their frustrations with the Board of Trustees. According to Engler, both coaches have been asked to refrain from comment while the reports are examined.
    Kids under two at greater risk of flu related death

    Kids under two at greater risk of flu related death

    Last week, 52 percent of reported outbreaks in the state of Florida were in daycare (17 percent) or school (35 percent) settings. The 1918 pandemic infect about one-third of the world's population and killed five percent of the people on the Earth.
    Tiger Woods stays humble as comeback continues

    Tiger Woods stays humble as comeback continues

    Another unique feature of Riviera Country Club's 92-year-old course is its abundance of Eucalyptus trees. Still, they represent two of the four top-10 players in the field this week.
  • Cyprus And Turkey Face Off Briefly Over Natural Gas Reserves

    Cyprus And Turkey Face Off Briefly Over Natural Gas Reserves

    Despite being careful to avoid upsetting President Tayyip Erdogan, EU chiefs are now unwilling to grant the migration concession. He said both the government and Eni are focused on ensuring that drilling goes ahead as planned.
    Fifth ODI: SA win toss, elect to bowl against India

    Fifth ODI: SA win toss, elect to bowl against India

    Ironically, he was sorely missed in India's defeat at the hands of the Proteas in the fourth ODI at Johannesburg on Saturday. Miller returned to the crease after his reprieve to construct a match-winning partnership of 72 off 43 balls with Klaasen.
    Google Launches AMP Stories To Bring 'Story' Format To Mobile

    Google Launches AMP Stories To Bring 'Story' Format To Mobile

    If you want to see AMP Stories in action you can head over to in your mobile browser to check them out now. With AMP Stories , Google is now giving users more reasons to stay on its search engine and keep on browsing.


United Kingdom warship to sail through disputed South China Sea
Such cruises, known as freedom of navigation operations, have routinely drawn protests from Beijing . The US can only concentrate on so many things at once, " he said.

Paul King In Talks To Direct New 'Willy Wonka' Movie
King would be joined by the Paddington series producer David Heyman , working from a script by Simon Rich . A 2005 adaptation was more faithful, bringing Johnny Depp into the lead role.

Tourists killed in Grand Canyon helicopter crash
He said it took around 10 minutes for emergency services to arrive and by the time they got there most of the flames were out. He said National Transportation Safety Board officials were expected at the crash scene to begin investigating the cause.

Stabenow response to Great Lakes Funding cuts in President Trump's Budget Proposal
President Donald Trump's budget includes no money for so-called Clean Water Act Section 319 programs, which help communities reduce polluted runoff.

Amit Shah exudes confidence of forming govt in Tripura
In a news conference here, Shah said the Left parties were resorting to violence to tackle the rise of the BJP across Tripura. They support the demand but have not been able to admit it in public", CPI-M state secretary Bijan Dhar had said.

Xiaomi rolls out Redmi Note 5, Note 5 Pro in India
The fingerprint sensor is on the rear of the device and it still has the same Micro USB charging port that supports 5V/2A input. The Redmi Note 5 is in fact the India-variant of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus , which was launched in China in December past year .

Last Spot Filled, Seven Man Elimination Chamber, First Entrant Revealed
The foundations for Ronda Rousey's first storyline in WWE may be laid after she exchanged words with Nia Jax on social media. Rousey then made her intentions clear: she wants a match at WrestleMania XXXIV in April.

Emily Sweeney crashes on final run, says she "is fine"
Sweeney was conscious, and she eventually got up and walked off the ice under her own power, though she was moving gingerly. She narrowly missed a spot at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. "It's pretty crushing", she said after the crash .

WWE Raw results, recap: Main event controversy, Elimination Chamber changes
Once again , Elias works the crowd like a pro here and he is quickly becoming one of the most over superstars in the WWE . After Rollins came out to offer his sympathy for Jordan, "The Architect" pleaded for his own WrestleMania opportunity.

US Airstrikes Kill 100 Russian and Syrian Fighters, Reports Say
The US also shot down a pro-regime drone after it dropped a munition in the vicinity of US troops in Syria. He reported that Russian officials said they wouldn't engage coalition forces in the area of the attack.