Former South Korean President Park Geun-Hye Sentenced To 24 Years Of Imprisonment On Corruption Charges

| April 6 , 2018 , 14:05 IST

A South Korean Court on Friday issued a verdict sentencing former President Park Geun-Hye to 24 years in prison after she was found guilty of corruption. The details came in a nationally televised judgement as Magistrate Kim Se-Yun read a lengthy statement at Seoul Central District Court. She was also fined $16 million. 

As per reports, Park was found guilty of several corruption charges, abuse of power and coercion. She was also charged with soliciting bribes from the head of the Samsung Group for government favours.

Park has been held at a detention centre near Seoul since her arrest in March 2017, but she refused to attend Friday's court session, citing sickness.

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Park was removed from office early last year following months of massive rallies that saw millions take to the nation's streets calling for her ouster.

In her early days, she was recognised as the darling of South Korean conservatives, she was called "Queen of Elections" by local media for her track record of leading her party to victory in tough races.

Reportedly, Park still has a small group of fierce supporters who regularly stage rallies calling for her release.

According to reports, Park maintains that she's a victim of "political revenge" and has been refusing to attend court sessions since October.

Earlier, South Korean lawmakers voted to impeach Park, but she refused to resign offering instead an apology while denying any legal wrongdoing.

She is the daughter of Park Chung-hee another president of the country who seized power in 1961 and was assassinated 8 years later.