Ousted South Korean President not to appeal against prison term

SOUTH KOREA CORRUPTION | 16 de abril de 2018

Seoul, Apr 16 (efe-epa).- Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye Monday decided not to appeal the 24-year jail term handed to her for her role in the Korean Rasputin corruption scandal, which had led to her impeachment in January 2017, local news agency Yonhap reported.

Park presented her appeal waiver to the Seoul Central District Court that had handed her the sentence on Apr. 6, although the appeal trial will still go ahead as the prosecution had filed an appeal citing dissatisfaction over the ruling on the very same day.

Apart from the prison sentence, the court had also imposed a fine of 18 billion won ($16.8 million) on Park, after she was found guilty of 16 of the 18 charges, including corruption, bribery and abuse of power.

Park had stopped appearing before the court since October, citing ill-health.

She was also not present on the day when the sentence was pronounced, and had denounced the trial as biased.

Park's verdict came after her friend and main accused in the corruption scandal, Choi Soon-sil - dubbed the Korean Rasputin for her proximity and influence over the former president - was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Feb. 2018 and ordered to pay a multi-million-dollar fine.

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