HEADLINE S.Korean court sentences Park Geun-hye to 24 years in jail for corruption

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S.Korean court sentences Park Geun-hye to 24 years in jail for corruption

By Chen Shangwen | People's Daily app

14:37, April 06, 2018

Seoul (People's Daily) - A South Korean court on Friday sentenced ex-President Park Geun-hye to 24 years in jail with a fine of 18 billion won (17 million U.S. dollars) for corruption. 

Park was found guilty of abuse of power, bribery and coercion by a Seoul court Friday.

"The accused is guilty of abuse of power," said Judge Kim Se-yoon, ruling that Park had forced companies to donate a total of 77.4 billion won ($72 million) to two foundations controlled by her secret confidante Choi Soon-sil.

Park's sentencing will follow the verdicts on the remaining charges she faces. The former leader was not present for Friday's judgement.

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(File photo; with inputs from AFP)

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