Former President Of South Korea Sentenced To 24 Years In Prison

Former President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, has been found guilty on multiple counts of abuse of power, bribery and coercion and sentenced her to 24 years in prison.

Park’s conviction brings to close a corruption scandal which gripped South Korea, upending the country’s politics and implicating some of the country’s most powerful figures.

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“The President abused the power which was given to her by the citizens,” the judge said, adding a tough sentence was needed to send a firm message to the country’s future leaders.

Prosecutors had asked for Park to receive a 30 year sentence. Park was found guilty of 16 of the 18 charges she faced, related to a massive influence-peddling case that removed her from office last year. As well as the prison sentence she was also fined $17 million

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