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Prosecutors Seek 30-Year Jail Term For Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye

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| February 27 , 2018 , 13:03 IST

South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday asked for a 30-year jail term for former President Park Geun-hye. Park was sacked by the top court of South Korea in March last year, over a corruption scandal that involved the business and political elite of the country. She has been held in police custody for over a year now.

Prosecutors read out a statement in the court. They said, “We ask the court to hand down 30 years in prison and (a fine of) 118.5 billion won (US$110 million) for the accused, who must take the ultimate responsibility for the scandal as the 18th president of this country,” prosecutors said in a statement read out in court.

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Prosecutors have emphasized that Park Geun-hye took bribes from three companies in exchange for policy favours in collusion with her longtime associate Choi Soon-sil. The three companies named are Samsung, Lotte and SK.

Samsung Electronics Vice-chairman and heir to the company Jay Y Lee faces 12-year sentence for the same case. The 49-year-old billionaire heir to South Korea's Samsung Group was convicted by the lower court of bribing the country's former president Park Geun-hye.

Choi was sentenced to 20 years in prison earlier this month by the Seoul Central District Court for abuse of power, bribery, and interference in Government business.