SEOUL: Park Geun-hye, the former president of South Korea was sentenced to 24-years in prison on multiple counts of abuse of power, bribery and coercion.
The sentence announced on Friday – in the absence of ousted leader – is six years less than the punishment proposed by the prosecutors, however, the disgraced leader, who happened to be the first-ever female president of the country, denies any wrongdoing.
“It’s inevitable that the defendant should be held strictly responsible for her crimes if only to prevent the unfortunate event of (a president) abusing the power given by the people and causing chaos in state affairs,” chief judge Kim Se-yun said as he announced the verdict.
Along with the prison sentence, Park was also fined 18 billion won ($16.8 million), Kim said.
Park, who is termed a ‘Queen of Elections’ for successfully spearheading election campaign can challenge the sentence, in a week’s span, which stemmed out of a scandal that had laid bare the ‘unholy’ links between conglomerates and political bigshots.