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South Korean court sentences ex-president Park to another eight years in prison

South Korean court sentences ex-president Park to another eight years in prison

A South Korean court sentenced former president Park Geun-hye to
eight more years in prison on Friday 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 must be served consecutively, a court spokesperson said.

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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, or chaebol.

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

The Seoul Central District Court ruled that Park colluded with her
former aides to cause the loss of government funds worth about 30
billion won ($26.5 million) from the National Intelligence Service

The court ordered a fine of 33 billion won.

The money was from a “special activity fund” allocated to the spy
agency, totalling four billion won every year but exempt from state
audits or parliamentary reports. Two of the three former NIS directors
involved were sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison in June, and
the third to three years.

Park was also found guilty of interfering in the ruling party’s
selection of candidates for the parliamentary election, breaching the
president’s obligations to remain politically neutral.

“Park’s private use of the funds weakened the principles of executing
government funds, and barred the country’s chief spy agency from using
the funds for its core duty of protecting the country and the people,”
presiding judge Seong Chang-ho said as he delivered the verdict.

“However, the defendant has shifted blame to her assistants and refused to appear in court,” Seong said.

As the judge handed down the verdict, Park’s supporters attending the
trial reportedly shouted “Release the innocent president,” and “Is this
a law?”

Prosecutors had sought a 15-year sentence and a 80 billion won fine for Park.

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