Former South Korean leader gets 24 years in prison
07 April, 2018, 00:43 | Author: Juana Mckenzie
Park has continued to say she is innocent of any wrongdoing.
The Seoul Central District Court found her guilty on 16 out of 18 charges. "The responsibility lies with the defendant who has abandoned her constitutional duties", Judge Kim Se-yun told the court.
Both Park and prosecutors - who had demanded a 30-year sentence - have one week to appeal.
It was reported that "Park had colluded with her long-time friend Choi Soon-sil to solicit bribes from South Korean conglomerates including Samsung and retail giant Lotte in exchange for policy favours".
Kim Yong-sam, president from 1993-1998, managed to ruin the South Korean economy, and he left office with an absolutely abysmal approval rating.
The scandal has already led to the arrests, indictments and convictions of dozens of high-profile government officials and business leaders.
They carried flags and banners reading: "Immediately release innocent President Park Geun-hye", and "Stop murderous political revenge". "She has to take heavy responsibility to make sure a president of the country does not abuse his or her power again". Her electoral base remembers the time when her father, who is often called a dictator, ruled the country as a period of strength.
Park has previously insisted that she only got help from Choi on public relations and to edit some presidential speeches.
She was charged and arrested soon after her dismissal from office.
"It is President Moon Jae-in who should be scared of consequences of today", said Jeon Hee-kyeong, spokesperson of the LKP.
Apparently this was as a result of a scandal that exposed webs of corruption between political leaders and the country bigwigs.
Lee Myung-bak, president from 2008-2013, was a strong anti-corruption proponent.
"South Koreans are my family", she once declared.
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