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

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

South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday demanded a 30-year-jail sentence for former president Park Geun-hye, sacked over a wide-ranging corruption scandal which exposed shady links between big business and politics and prompted massive street protests.

The prosecution also demanded that 66-year-old Pak penalty 118,5 billion won (89,6 million euros).

"[Park] has violated constitutional values by exploiting presidential authority bestowed by the people for her own benefit", prosecutors told the settlement panel, according to Yonhap.

The prosecution added Park had been the first democratically elected president to be impeached from office, leaving an indelible stain in the history of the country's constitution.

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The Seoul Central District Court earlier this month found Choi guilty of abuse of power, bribery and interfering in government business and sentenced her to 20 years in prison.

Park did not appear in the final hearing in protest against the court's decision to extend her detention for six more months in October a year ago.

Removed from her position in March by a decision of the Constitutional Court, Park was arrested the same month.

The court is expected to announce its verdict on April 6.

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The 66-year-old daughter of a former dictator was dismissed in March 2017 and has now been in custody for nearly a year.

This is sentence that Public Prosecutor's office requested on Tuesday for former head of state, who was removed from office in March past year and has since remained in pre-trial detention. She enjoyed overwhelming support from conservatives who remember her father, staunch anti-communist dictator Park Chung-hee, as a hero whose aggressive industrial policies lifted the nation from the devastation of the 1950-53 Korean War and rescued millions from poverty.

When allegations about Choi's misdeeds started surfacing in news media, Park tried to mislead public opinion and denounced the reports as "political offensives", prosecutors said. She was also indicted for ordering her aide to leak government secrets to Choi. She has been behind bars since her ouster.

The court appointed five public defenders and resumed the trial in November, but Park continued her boycott, citing her poor health conditions. She is yet to be convicted on the charges.

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But a South Korean appeals court last month freed Lee only six months into his term, even as it upheld most of his convictions.

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