Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye jailed 24 years for corruption
07 April 2018, 12:37 | Colleen Roy
Park is expected to learn her fate at the detention centre near Seoul where she has been in custody for almost a year
A former President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye was on Friday found guilty of corruption charges and sentenced to 24 years imprisonment. Park objected it citing the violation of the innocence presumption, but the court said it allowed the live broadcating due to the trial's significance, historical meaning and people's right to know.
Park was also convicted of the charges related to her government's creation and management of an artist blacklist deemed critical of her government.
The former president has been held at a detention center near Seoul since she was arrested in March 2017.
Judge Kim Se-yoon said: "The amount of bribery the accused received or demanded in collaboration with Choi amounts to more than 23 billion won".
Park apologized while in office for seeking help from Choi, who had no policy or political experience, but that was as close as she came to admitting any guilt.
South Korea's presidential residence Blue House reacted to the ruling saying it was a "heartbreaking event" for the country.
"The rule of law in this country is dead today", said one pro-Park demonstrator. In February, the court sentenced Choi to 20 years in prison.
As per reports, Park was found guilty of several corruption charges, abuse of power and coercion.
However, the court rejected the allegation that Samsung made any clear or implied request in return for its donation to Choi's non-profit organizations. She had boycotted most sessions of the trial in protest at being held in custody.
She was impeached in March 2017 following mass protests.
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