South Korea's ex-President sentenced to 24 years in jail

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Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was sentenced to 24 years in prison by the Seoul Central District Court after she was found guilty of corruption, Al-Jazeera reported today.

The former president was found guilty of several corruption charges, abuse of power and coercion in a verdict issued on Friday. She was also fined $16m.

It was alleged in the trial that Park, 66, colluded with a friend, Choi Soon-sil, and a former presidential aide, in pressuring big businesses to donate to two foundations set up to back her policy initiatives.

She was also charged for soliciting bribes from the head of the Samsung Group for government favours.

Park was acquitted in at least two of the charges, including abuse of power relating to forcing Hyundai automobile company to run ads for the company owned by Choi.

South Korean state news agency Yonhap reported that Park did not appear in the sentencing trial.

She has been in prison for more than a year, but has refused to appear in court for most of her hearings.

In December 2016, South Korean lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to impeach Park, but she refused to resign offering instead an apology while denying any legal wrongdoing.

Three months later, the eight-member Constitutional Court then voted unanimously to remove her from office.

She was charged and detained soon after her dismissal from office.

She is the daughter of another president, Park Chung-hee, who seized power in 1961 and was assassinated eight years later.

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  • Titanic Friday, 06 April 2018 01:45 PM

    Why not happening in Sri lanka

    chandadasa Friday, 06 April 2018 02:21 PM

    b'cos people vote for horu.

    Nuwan Friday, 06 April 2018 04:18 PM

    because all are unclean animals.

    Andy Capp Friday, 06 April 2018 05:50 PM

    So, women are as bad as men?

    Vipin B Friday, 06 April 2018 01:45 PM

    Now that is what justice is all about. Let this be an object lesson to our judges who play second fiddle to politicians and their cronies. Read this story well. This is what Judges with courage and backbone do to serve a nation - No stay orders, no bailouts, no prison hospitals and no VIP cells in prisons.

    Wije Friday, 06 April 2018 01:47 PM

    24 hrs is enough for the Srilankans family But get all the money back to the country.

    Dee Friday, 06 April 2018 01:57 PM

    Waiting for that day in SL . We will raise the National Flag.

    Kalpana Friday, 06 April 2018 04:20 PM

    The govt could begin by arresting Mahendran and the man who appointed him.

    Dee Friday, 06 April 2018 07:49 PM

    @kalpana. In that case most of the investment brokers and top share holders in SL would have to go behind bars.

    Yeti Saturday, 07 April 2018 08:08 AM

    Or light crackers!!!

    Gamarala Friday, 06 April 2018 02:04 PM

    In real democratic countres no one is above the law.

    Dr.Siri Friday, 06 April 2018 02:09 PM

    It is pathetic in Srilanka as unqualified people are holding high positions where decisions are made

    Sri Wickrema Friday, 06 April 2018 02:29 PM

    Can we expect such guts from our judiciary ?

    limak Friday, 06 April 2018 04:26 PM

    In SL criminals are popularly known even to a kid but our state Intelligence

    kola kotiya Friday, 06 April 2018 04:11 PM

    APE RATE EHEMA WENNE NE. I DO KNOW WHY

    Chandrapala Friday, 06 April 2018 04:22 PM

    You can't arrest people without evidence. You can only throw mud and spread rumours about them.

    OBSERVER Friday, 06 April 2018 04:25 PM

    SIRISENA AND RANIL,THIS IS WHAT ACTUAL GOOD GOVERNANCE IS ALL ABOUT.BUT IN THIS COUNTRY,NOT EVEN LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEMBER WILL GET SUCH PUNISHMENT.WHAT TO TALK ABOUT PRESIDENTS.

    lkboy Friday, 06 April 2018 04:28 PM

    What about our one?

    limak Friday, 06 April 2018 04:30 PM

    In our motherland criminal are known to all, even a kid, but our state Intelligence

    Sincere Friday, 06 April 2018 04:44 PM

    No, no, Don't be too excited. NO such thing will ever happen in this miracle of Asia!

    karthik Friday, 06 April 2018 05:46 PM

    Will not happen in Sri Lanka. Even the judges are afraid ofsome of the very Important politicians.

    Ceylon Friday, 06 April 2018 06:25 PM

    People are waiting anxiiously to enjoy and satisfy When srilankan former president and present go to jail for their well known crimes.

    Roger Halliday Friday, 06 April 2018 06:30 PM

    An example that should be publicised in our news papers and TV. No matter who they were and who they are the law is implemented and they are punished. I.e Brazil more a. But our crooks are free and when the former thieves go new ones follow. This truly is a banana Republic

    Dee Friday, 06 April 2018 07:47 PM

    Probably an 'interim order' was not given.

    Ali fourtyBaba Friday, 06 April 2018 09:13 PM

    South korea is a country where the law and orders are being practiced. I still remember once a ship got drunk in Seol and the related minister resigned due to the death troll.I am 101% sure even if the whole country gets drown not a single Sri Lankan minister will resign from their post.

    Selvarajah Friday, 06 April 2018 09:17 PM

    If we focus on women holding powerful positions in the world,Presidents Prime Ministers Attorney Generals Judges Police Chiefs,then we can see on the positive side that only a minority of them are prone to brazen corruption but on the negative it is an unspoken fact that the majority of the women are unbalanced in their actions when dealing with major crisis.People like the German Chancellor are exceptions rather than the norm.

    Jagath Leanage Friday, 06 April 2018 10:21 PM

    කොරියාවේ එහෙම උනත් ලංකාවේ එහෙම වෙන්නේ නෑ ........ .

    George Saturday, 07 April 2018 08:56 AM

    The difference in SriLanka these fellows get arrested never sentenced to prison. Bribe has improved so much for the last 25years. The corrupt can never get punished in SriLanka. Only the poor pay the price.

    lost lankan Saturday, 07 April 2018 09:11 AM

    eight-member Constitutional Court then voted unanimously to jail the former Prez. We will not be able to achieve this with million of voters who threw MR still struggling to find a better hospital to ward him


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