South Korea’s Ex-President Now Faces 30 Years in Jail

    Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye could face 30 years in prison for allegations of bribery, abuse of power and other crimes committed during her term.

    On Tuesday, prosecutors pushed for the three-decade prison term in the landmark corruption case filed against the country’s first female leader. They are also seeking a 118.5 billion Won ($110.2 million) fine for Park.

    The recommendation reportedly came just two weeks after Choi Soon-sil, a longtime friend of Park, received his verdict of 20 years in prison for taking bribes from “chaebol”, or conglomerates.

    According to the Associated Press, the Seoul Central District Court will set the date when it will announce the verdict and sentence for Park.

    “(Park) brought a national crisis by letting a person who has never been involved in state management rule the country,” a prosecutor said. “She and Choi took tens of billions of won in bribes and yet denied her crimes and obstructed efforts to establish the truth.”

    Should the former president be found guilty, she would be the third South Korean president to be convicted of crimes.

    Park, who was removed from the presidency and then arrested following massive protests by millions of South Koreans in 2016, was not in attendance during the Tuesday court session.

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