Former President of ROK sentenced to 20 years in jail over corruption scandal

In connection with a corruption scandal that led to her impeachment in 2017, former President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Park Geun-hye was sentenced to 20 years in jail and fined 20 billion, ruled a ROK court on Friday, July 10.

Alleged of taking bribes from top conglomerates for government favours along with a close friend, Park, the first female president of the ROK, was brought down in 2017 after people took to the streets and protested against her.

It must be noted that Park was convicted in April 2018 over the charges of bribery and abuse of power and was sentenced to 24 years, which later was extended to additional 12 months and 20 billion won (17 million U.S. dollars) in fines.

Apart from this, she has also been sentenced to five years in jail for allegedly taking money from the country’s spy agency and two years for election law violations. Consecutively applied, the penalties mean that Park is currently serving a total of 32 years in jail.

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