Friday, 16 November, 2018

Deposed South Korean President who bought Viagra in Nairobi jailed

Park is expected to learn her fate at the detention centre near Seoul where she has been in custody for almost a year Park is expected to learn her fate at the detention centre near Seoul where she has been in custody for almost a year
Olivia Ford | 07 April, 2018, 00:46

Park, who was also fined 18bn won (£12m, $17m), faced a string of corruption charges. "Her fines were calculated based on the laws she has violated". "She abused her power as the president and received 14 billion won worth of bribes from Samsung and Lotte, and requested 8.9 billion won from SK Group".

Park, the daughter of dictator Park Chung-hee, lost both her parents to assassins. She was found guilty of abusing her power as president to pressure former senior official of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Roh Tae-kang, to step down, after he pointed out problems concerning special treatment given to Choi's daughter.

He was sentenced to jail, but only served five months before he was freed, when an appeals court reduced and suspended his sentence.

But the court said most of Samsung's payments did not constitute bribes.

Park's departure from the presidential palace in Seoul a year ago plunged her conservative Saenuri Party into turmoil.

Park's supporters - mainly older conservative voters - have staged street demonstrations nearly every weekend to protest against her impeachment and imprisonment.

Surprising enough, Moon's office said Park's fate was disheartening not only for herself but the nation. "She is the one most responsible for it". "The responsibility lies with the defendant who has abandoned her constitutional duties", Judge Kim Se-yun told the court. Park Geun-hye returns from Paris, where she had been studying, and begins serving as acting first lady. Park objected to the decision citing the violation of the innocence presumption, but the court said it allowed the live broadcasting for the trial's significance, historical meaning and people's right to know. She will appeal the sentence.

The wide-ranging corruption scandal exposed shady links between big business and politics in South Korea, prompting massive street protests against Park previous year.

February 27: Prosecutors demand a 30-year prison term for Park, saying she has shown no remorse for "disrupting constitutional order and damaging the public's trust in state power".

Prosecutors had charged Park with 18 counts, seeking a 30-year jail sentence with a fine of 118.5 billion won (111.4 million US dollars).

The most deeply involved was Samsung, South Korea's largest conglomerate.

Park, 66, was convicted of receiving or demanding more than $20 million from conglomerates, sharing secret state documents, "blacklisting" artists critical of her policies, and firing officials who resisted her abuses of power. He was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison.

Park Geun Hye did not attend the trial. Police said around 4,000 people gathered in the vicinity. "However, a bleak and dry wind blew across all of us today", said spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom.

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