South Korea’s Park Geun-hye gets 24 years in jail

South Korea’s Park Geun-hye gets 24 years in jail

Every time Park’s crimes were revealed one by one, it caused chaos in our state affairs.

Among the charges on Friday (April 6) were bribery, abuse of power and coercion.

On top of that, she’s been hit with an almost 17 million dollar fine.

But prosecutors were pushing around seven times that amount and a 30 year sentence.

The court ruled Park colluded with her friend, Choi Soon-sil, to receive billions of dollars from major conglomerates like Samsung and Lotte.

Mainly to help Choi’s family and fund her non-profit foundations.

The judge said Park had shown “no signs of repentance,” and had instead tried to shift the blame to Choi and her secretaries.

Sixty six year-old Park, who’s been in jail since March 2017, has denied any wrongdoing, and didn’t show up in court.

But her supporters were out in full force on Friday, holding national flags and calling the sentence “political revenge” against Park.

With the sentence she becomes South Korea’s first democratically elected leader convicted of crimes and sent to prison.

But the long-running scandal might not be over just yet.

Park’s lawyer says they’re discussing the possibility of an appeal.