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S Korea’s ex-president faces decades in jail, huge fine in graft case

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S Korea’s ex-president faces decades in jail, huge fine in graft case

S Korea’s ex-president faces decades in jail, huge fine in graft case

South Korean prosecutors are seeking a 30-year jail term for ex-president Park Geun Hye in a corruption case which led to her impeachment, the Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday.

Park was indicted in April on 18 corruption counts including bribery, abuse of power and leaking state secrets.

Prosecutors are also seeking a fine of 118.5 billion won (111 million dollars) for the disgraced former president.

As the first democratically-elected South Korean leader to have been removed from office, prosecutors accused Park of leaving “an inerasable blemish in history.”

She did not appear in the Seoul court for the session on Tuesday. A verdict in the case is expected on April 6, when Park will have to attend.

At the heart of the corruption scandal is the accusation that Park, the country’s first female president, gave her close friend Choi Soon Sil too much access to the business of government, despite the fact that Choi held no official office.

The 66-year-old was ousted by South Korea’s constitutional court in March last year after being impeached for corruption following weeks of demonstrations calling for her to step down.

Earlier this month, her friend Choi was handed a 20-year jail term and ordered to pay an 18-billion-won (17-million-dollar) fine.

Park was among the country’s most influential conservative politicians and was elected to the National Assembly five times.

She is the daughter of Park Chung Hee, who ruled South Korea with an iron fist in the 1960s and 1970s until his assassination in 1979.

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