South Korea’s former President Park Geun-hye is found guilty of corruption and sentenced to 24 years in prison.
A court convicted Park of conspiring with her longtime friend and unofficial advisor, Choi Soon-sil, determining Park received millions of dollars in bribes from Samsung Group, the country’s largest conglomerate.
The court also ruled she pressured private companies to give money to 2 foundations closely associated with Choi. Choi is now serving a 20 year prison sentence for the crimes pending an appeal.
The convictions stem from a corruption scandal that engulfed the country in late 2016.
Massive protests rocked South Korea’s politics and Park was eventually impeached.
Park’s lawyers are expected to appeal her jail sentence.
Seoul Central District Court in its verdict on former South Korean president Park Geun-Hye on bribery and other charges.South Korea’s former President Park Geun-hye is found guilty of abuse of power.
The ruling has come on Friday afternoon.
Park was dismissed in March of last year when the Constitutional Court upheld her impeachment. She was indicted the following month.
Park was charged with conspiring with a longtime confidante, Choi Soon-sil, to receive bribes worth about 40 million dollars from Samsung Group, the country’s largest conglomerate. The figure includes sums that were promised.
Prosecutors sought a 30-year prison term for Park and a fine of over 111 million dollars. They say she tarnished the history of national politics by abusing presidential authority for her friend.
Park has consistently proclaimed her innocence.