Former South Korean president Park sentenced to 8 more years

Written by on July 20, 2018

A South Korean court today sentenced former president Park Geun-hye to 8 more years in prison after finding her guilty on charges of causing loss of government funds and interfering in a 2016 parliamentary election.

Park has already been sentenced to 24 years in jail after she was found guilty by a lower court in April of separate charges including bribery, abuse of power and coercion. All sentences runs consecutively.

Park became South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office last year when the Constitutional Court ordered her out over a scandal that exposed a web of corruption between political leaders and the country’s powerful conglomerates.

The 66 year old has denied wrongdoing and was not present in court. It was immediately unclear whether Park would appeal.

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