Former President Park Geun Hye Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison
Former South Korean president Park Geun Hye received a prison sentence of 25 years on Friday, August 24, after an appeals court convicted her of accepting more bribes than previously believed.
This past April, the impeached South Korean president was sentenced to 24 years after the Seoul Central District Court found her guilty of colluding with her longtime friend Choi Soon Sil to demand large conglomerates Samsung and Lotte to give money to Choi Soon Sil’s non-profit foundations, as well as forcing other corporations to sign deals with companies related to Choi Soon Sil.
The appeals court increased her prison time one more year and increased her fine to 20 billion won (approximately $18 million) after finding that Park Geun Hye received 8.7 billion won (approximately $7.8 million) from Samsung instead of the previously believed 7.3 billion won (approximately $6.6 million).
Also on Friday, Choi Soon Shil was sentenced to the same 20-year term she previously received.
Park Geun Hye’s trial does not end until the Supreme Court rules on the case.