Former South Korea president sentenced to 25 years
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Former South Korea president sentenced to 25 years

Former South Korean president Park Geun-Hye was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Friday by the Seoul High Court in connection with corruption charges and bribes from companies such as Samsung.

This ruling extends the former president’s prison sentence by an additional year and increases Park’s fines by 2 billion won for a total of 20 billion won. The court increased the sentence after South Korean prosecutors appealed Park’s previous sentence.

In July Park received [JURIST report] an additional eight-year sentence for election interference and improper use of state funds, which is set begin after park serves her original sentence for corruption. Park’s original 24-year corruption sentence was handed down [JURIST report] in April by the Seoul Central District Court [official website] after she was convicted of colluding with a friend, Choi Soon-sil, to receive bribes from multiple South Korean corporations.

Park has not appeared at any of her court hearings since October.