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South Korea's First Female President Jailed For 24 Years

07 April, 2018, 00:06 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Former Pres. Park Geun-hye Won't Appear in Trial to be Broadcast Live

Park Geun-hye is not the only former South Korean president to face criminal charges.

Park was dismissed in March a year ago when the Constitutional Court upheld her impeachment.

M - Park Geun-hye, South Korea's first female president, was sentenced to 24-years in prison after being found guilty of crimes that exposed deep links between politics and the nation's corporate giants, Bloomberg reported.

Park has a small group of fierce supporters - majority middle aged and older - who regularly stage rallies calling for her release and after the verdict was broadcast, thousands of them marched near the Seoul court to protest the ruling.

April 6: The court sentences Park to 24 years in prison.

Separately, she was found guilty of coercing the three companies, and 15 other businesses into making donations worth 72 million dollars to two foundations controlled by Choi Soon-sil, a longtime friend and confidant.

They carried flags and banners reading: "Immediately release innocent President Park Geun-hye", and "Stop murderous political revenge". She has also been ordered to pay a fine of $17 million (Sh1.7billion).

Park lawyer's are expected to appeal her sentence. The prosecution had demanded a jail term of 30 years.

Choi was given a 20-year jail sentence along with a $16.6 million fine in February for abuse of power, coercion, fraud and bribery.




"Long live the Republic of Korea!" protester Choi Hyung-suk shouted into a microphone, referring to South Korea by its formal name.

"We see the ruling fit for what Park has committed using her power to violate the rule of the country and its constitutional order", read the statement issued by the DPK. The court said Park, as president of the country, "would not have had access to so much detail about the leadership and management of Samsung Group".

Choi's sinister influence on Park was reportedly one of the reasons he was assassinated.

May 2017: Park's rival, Moon, wins a presidential by-election. A presidential election in May saw the victory of liberal Moon Jae-in, whose administration has overseen a thawing of relations between South and North Korea.

Park is the daughter of the former controversial president Park Chung-hee while Choi is the daughter of quasi-religious figure Choi Tae-min.

Park herself has constantly denied any wrongdoing and protested her extended detention as the trial unfolded.

Seven months later Kim Jong-un's dreams came true when a corruption scandal began to envelop the presidential palace, known as the Blue House.

The ruling follows the arrest two weeks ago of her predecessor, Lee Myung-bak, a conservative from the same party, over a separate bribery case before and during his 2008-2013 term in office.

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