South Korean court jails former president for 24 years for bribery

SEOUL, A South Korean court jailed former President Park Geun-hye for 24 years on Friday over a scandal that exposed webs of corruption between political leaders and the country’s conglomerates, according to Reuters.

Park became South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office last year when the Constitutional Court ordered her out over a scandal that landed the heads of two conglomerates in jail.

The court also fined Park after finding her guilty of charges including bribery, abuse of power and coercion.

“The defendant abused her presidential power entrusted by the people, and as a result, brought massive chaos to the order of state affairs and led to the impeachment of the president, which was unprecedented,” judge Kim Se-yoon said as he handed down the sentence.

Judge Kim Se-yoon said, “The defendant is guilty of misuse of power,” adding that Park had forced companies to donate a total of 23.1 billion won to two institutions controlled by her close friend Choi Soon-sil, the agency added.

Source: Emirates News Agency

South Korean court jails former president for 24 years for bribery

SEOUL, A South Korean court jailed former President Park Geun-hye for 24 years on Friday over a scandal that exposed webs of corruption between political leaders and the country’s conglomerates, according to Reuters.

Park became South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office last year when the Constitutional Court ordered her out over a scandal that landed the heads of two conglomerates in jail.

The court also fined Park after finding her guilty of charges including bribery, abuse of power and coercion.

“The defendant abused her presidential power entrusted by the people, and as a result, brought massive chaos to the order of state affairs and led to the impeachment of the president, which was unprecedented,” judge Kim Se-yoon said as he handed down the sentence.

Judge Kim Se-yoon said, “The defendant is guilty of misuse of power,” adding that Park had forced companies to donate a total of 23.1 billion won to two institutions controlled by her close friend Choi Soon-sil, the agency added.

Source: Emirates News Agency