S. Korea’s tainted ex-leader handed 24-year jail term

Apr 06, 2018, 7:25 AM EDT
South Korea’s former President Park Geun-hye ruled guilty of abuse of power and coercion.
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South Korea’s former President Park Geun-hye has been awarded a 24-year jail sentence after the court found her guilty of 16 out of 18 charges, most of them related to corruption, bribery and abuse of power.

The verdict marks the culmination of a scandal that exposed the dirty nexus between the country’s political elites and business conglomerates, arm-twisting the system to serve their economic interests, notes the BBC.

Park, who forced businesses to donate millions of dollars to her friend Choi Soon-sil’s foundations, has one week to appeal the charges against her, writes The Guardian.