South Korea: Former President Sentenced To 24-Yrs Jail Term On Charges Of Corruption

The Logical Indian Crew

April 6th, 2018 / 6:54 PM

Courtesy: The Hindu, CNN | Image Credits: Journal neo

On April 6, a South Korean Court held former president Park Geun-hye guilty for abuse of power, bribery and coercion and sentenced her to 24 years in jail.


Third former president to be convicted

The disgraced former president was impeached and stripped of all her powers after she and her close confidant Choi Soon Sil were embroiled in cases of graft, influence-peddling and taking bribes from corporates for which Prosecutors had asked for Park to receive a 30-year sentence.

Park was South Korea’s first female president and daughter of dictator Park Chung-hee. The trial lasted for ten months. Judge Kim Se-Yoon said, “The accused abused the power bestowed by the people-the true ruler of this country-to cause chaos in national administration.” The judge also added that Park showed no signs of remorse, “Despite all these crimes the accused denied all the charges against her, displayed no remorse and showed an incomprehensible attitude by blaming Choi and other … officials

The 66-year-old disgraced former President was found guilty of 16 of the 18 charges faced. Apart from the jail term, Park is also fined $17 million.


Downfall

Park was ousted from the office last year by the country’s Constitutional Court through a parliamentary vote to impeach her.

Millions of South Koreans thronged the streets demanding Park’s ouster post which this vote came.

In August  2017, heir to the Samsung empire Lee Jae-yong was sentenced to five years imprisonment for making large donations to foundations run by Choi, in return of political favours.

Park is the third former South Korean leader to be convicted on criminal charges after leaving office. The other two were Chun Doo-Hwan and Roh Tae-woo who were found guilty of treason and corruption in the 1990s.

 


Contributors

Written by : Shraddha Goled

Edited by : Pooja Chaudhuri

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Pakistan: Former PM Nawaz Sharif Sentenced To Ten Years In Prison

North And South Korea Agree To Put An Official End To The Seven Decade Long War

Head Of Samsung Group Accused Of Corruption Released From Jail After Court Reduces Sentence

Samsung Heir Found Guilty Of Corruption, Sentenced To 5 Year Imprisonment

South Korea Presidential Election

After Overthrowing A Corrupt President, South Koreans Peacefully Elect A New One

Delhi Court ISIS Imprisonment

In The First ISIS-Related Judgement, Delhi Court Sentences Two ISIS Accomplices To 7 Years Imprisonment

Latest on The Logical Indian

My Story

“Felt sad To See That Girl Who Brought Laurels To The Country Had Just Her Driver To Welcome Her”

Exclusive

WB: “Fungus Infected Food, Cockroach Encroachment Found In Restaurants” Says IAS Officer Making Sure Of Food Safety

News

Assam: Another Mob Lynching Over Suspicion Of Cow Theft; One Die, Three Injured

News

End Of An Era; Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Passes Away

News

”Attack On Umar Khalid Was An Independence Day Gift,” Say Two Men On Viral Video

News

Rajasthan Railway Stations Top Cleanliness Survey, UP Stations The Dirtiest: Quality Council Of India

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.