Ex South Korea president will not appeal 24-year prison sentence – Officials

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Park Geun-hye

 

Former South Korean president, Park Geun-Hye will not appeal her 24-year prison sentence for corruption, the Yonhap news agency reported on Monday citing court officials.

On April 6, a judge at Seoul District Court found Geun-Hye guilty on 16 of 18 counts of graft including abuse of power, bribery and leaking state secrets.

Park, 66, filed a document with the court waiving her right to appeal, indicating that she will continue her boycott of the trial which she has described as a “political vendetta,” Yonhap reported.

Although Geun-Hye is not appealing, prosecutors have filed their own appeal against the verdict, saying she was inappropriately cleared of some charges. Prosecutors had asked for a 30-year sentence.

Geun-Hye was accused of allowing her close friend Choi Sil too much access to government business – Sil held no official post – and of helping her friend to extort money from top companies including Samsung.

She has always denied the accusations.

After being elected to the National Assembly five times, Geun-Hye won the presidency in 2012, the first woman to hold the position.

She was impeached over the scandal in December 2016.(dpa/NAN)

– Apr. 16, 2018 @ 14:08 GMT

 

 

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