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World South Korea Court Upholds 20-Year Sentence for Ex-President Park

07:05  14 january  2021
07:05  14 january  2021 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye is set to spend much of her remaining years in prison, after the Supreme Court upheld a 20 - year prison sentence for a corruption conviction. The court Thursday delivered what is likely to be its final verdict on the fate of 68-year-old Park , which

SEOUL (BLOOMBERG) - Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye is set to spend much of her remaining years in prison, after the Supreme Court upheld a 20 - year prison sentence for a corruption conviction.

(Bloomberg) -- Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye is set to spend much of her remaining years in prison, after the Supreme Court upheld a 20-year prison sentence for a corruption conviction.

The court Thursday delivered what is likely to be its final verdict on the fate of 68-year-old Park, which followed an appeal filed by prosecutors against a ruling in July that reduced her prison term.

Park Geun-hye et al. posing for a picture: South Korea's Former President Park Geun-hye And Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee Arrive At Court © Bloomberg South Korea's Former President Park Geun-hye And Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee Arrive At Court

Park Geun-hye, left, at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul in 2017.

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South Korea Court Upholds 20-Year Sentence for Ex-President Park

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File photo: Xinhua. South Korea . + FOLLOW. The ruling means Park , who was ousted from office and arrested in 2017, potentially serves a combined 22 years behind bars. Park , who says she’s a victim of political revenge, has refused to attend her trials since October 2017 and did not attend the

South Korea 's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 20 - year prison term for former President Park was not present in court on Thursday. She has boycotted court proceedings since October 2017 The Seoul High Court in 2018 had sentenced her to 25 years in prison after reviewing her of

Park had boycotted the proceedings. She has blamed that courts under the progressive leader who followed her, President Moon Jae-in, of bias while denying any wrongdoing. Moon’s administration has rejected Park’s claims.

Park took office in 2013 as the country’s first female president but was impeached by parliament in 2016, and removed by the Constitutional Court in 2017 before her term ended. She was later convicted of criminal charges including bribery, extortion, abuse of power in 2018.

South Korean presidents have a history of leaving office under a cloud. Three elected since full democracy in 1987 have been convicted of criminal charges and others, together with family members, have faced investigations for suspected graft after their single, five-year terms ended.

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A court in Seoul on Tuesday sentenced Choi Soon-sil, a confidante of former South Korean leader Park Geun-hye, to 20 years Read more: Opinion: South Korea needs courage to undertake reforms. Reading out the verdict, the judge said Park "abandoned constitutionally-given responsibility and gave

South Korea 's former President Park Geun-hye has been sentenced to 24 years in jail after she was found guilty of abuse of power and coercion. The verdict was broadcast live and represents the culmination of a scandal which rocked the country, fuelling rage against political and business elites.

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Park’s conservative predecessor, Lee Myung-bak, is also in prison for corruption.

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Lee Myung-bak in 2018.

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Park became South Korea 's first democratically elected leader to be forced from office when the Constitutional Court removed her over a scandal that The Seoul High Court found that Park colluded with her friend, Choi Soon-sil, to receive tens of billions of won from major conglomerates to help

Former South Korean President Park sentenced to 24 years in prison. Supporters of South Korea 's former president Park Geun-hye gather during a rally demanding her release Park was accused of being unduly influenced by Choi. The court which upheld her impeachment agreed with

Clemency has granted for convicted former presidents serving time but there is no indication that Moon intends to extend the favor to the two imprisoned conservative leaders. Lee Nak-yon, leader of Moon’s ruling Democratic Party, raised the issue of granting pardons on New Year’s Day but retracted his comments after facing a backlash from Moon supporters.

The country’s strict campaign finance laws and the concentration of economic power mainly in the hands of family-controlled conglomerates has created questionable relationships between businesses and politicians.

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Park, the daughter of a former authoritarian leader, was convicted of receiving bribes from companies and pressuring top business executives to donate tens of millions of dollars to foundations run by a long-time friend.

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Jay Y. Lee, center, arrives at the Seoul Central District Court on Dec. 30, 2020.

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Her case extended to billionaire Samsung Electronics Co. heir Jay Y. Lee, who was charged in early 2017 on charges of bribery and corruption. Prosecutors alleged that Samsung provided horses and other payments to Park’s friend to win support to help ease his succession. Lee was initially convicted and sentenced to five years in prison, but the sentence was suspended in 2018 and he was released.

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Park’s term was also marred by the country’s worst maritime disaster in 2014 when the Sewol ferry capsized, killing 304. She faced mass protests and calls for her resignation then, with critics saying she neglected her duties.

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When she was finally forced from office, her conservative bloc was in the political wilderness and Moon’s progressives in ascendancy, but times have changed since then.

In December, conservatives made a rare apology for the corruption of their two past presidents, a landmark gesture as the opposition sought to retake the presidency in a little more than a year. The move came after a series of domestic stumbles pushed the approval rate for Moon’s government to a record low in December in a major tracking poll and opinion surveys indicate conservatives have been gathering momentum.

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