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Former South Korea president will not appeal prison sentence

[JURIST] Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye [BBC profile], who was sentenced [JURIST report] to 24 years in prison earlier this month, has decided not to appeal, according to a filing Monday.

Park has submitted her intention not to proceed with an appeal of her conviction for bribery, abuse of power and coercion to the Seoul Central District Court [official website].

Despite the waiver, the case is expected to proceed with an appeal by the prosecution which was filed last week on the grounds that Park unfairly avoided certain charges.

Park has denied [JURIST report] all charges. She also has boycotted all court hearings since October based on claims of unfair treatment and plans to continue in any appeal proceedings.

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