Former South Korea president given additional 8-year sentence

Former South Korea president given additional 8-year sentence

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was sentenced to eight more years in prison on Friday following her involvement in a 2016 corruption scandal.

This latest sentence stems from charges relating to interference in the the country’s 2016 Parliamentary Elections and the collection of 3.5 billion won in illegal payments from South Korea’s National Intelligence Service.

In April Park received a sentence [JURIST report] of 24 years in prison on various corruption charges pertaining to the same scandal. Park now faces 34 years in prison.

Park was impeached [JURIST report] by the South Korean parliament in 2016 after it came to light that she extorted millions of dollars from major South Korean corporations with Choi Soon-sil, a daughter of  religious sect leader Choi Tae-min. Park was removed from office in March 2017 when the South Korean Constitutional Court [official website] upheld the parliament’s impeachment.

The former president was not at her sentencing. She has been boycotting her court proceedings since October.