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Ex-South Korean President Park Geun-hye Jailed 24 Years | The Precision

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File photo: ex-president Park Geun-hye jailed 24 years

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, has been found guilty of  abuse of power and bribery and jailed for 24 years.

The Seoul Central District Court
pronounced both the guilty verdict and sentencing  today on live
television. Park was absent in court, but her flag-waving supporters
gathered outside.
Park, the daughter of assassinated dictator Park Chung-hee, faced a total of 18 charges.
The court ruled that Park colluded with her old friend, Choi
Soon-sil, to receive tens of billions of won from major conglomerates
such as Samsung and Lotte to help Choi’s family and fund non-profit
foundations owned by her.

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Prosecutors sought a 30-year sentence and a 118.5 billion won ($112
million) fine for Park, after indicting her on charges that included
bribery, abuse of power and coercion.
Park was impeached and arrested in March 2017.
The spectacular fall from grace of a former conservative icon who
cast herself in the role of an incorruptible “Daughter of the Nation”
has captivated South Koreans either side of the political divide. (NAN)

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