South Korea awaits trial of impeached president

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39996218

South Korea’s former President Park Geun-hye is due to go on trial for corruption, the latest stage in her dramatic fall from grace.

Ms Park, who was very popular when she came to power in 2012, was impeached and removed from office in March following mass protests.

Once impeached, she lost presidential immunity and is facing charges including bribery, abusing state power and leaking state secrets.

Ms Park has always denied wrongdoing.

She has been in detention since shortly after her impeachment and has insisted that she is being framed.

Her removal from office triggered an election that took place earlier this month. It was won by her 2012 election rival, Moon Jae-in.

The trial in Seoul, which Ms Park is obliged to attend, is expected to last several months and will draw in some of South Korea’s biggest companies and political names.

The maximum sentence for corruption in South Korea is life.

She is facing a total of 18 charges including bribery, abuse of power, coercion and the leaking of government secrets.

The charge sheet runs to about 120,000 pages, South Korean media report, and mostly relates to the alleged activities of her close friend, Choi Soon-sil.

Ms Choi is accused of using her connections with the president to pressure some of the country’s biggest companies to give money to a foundation she established in exchange for favourable treatment from the government.

Prosecutors say Ms Park colluded with her friend and that between them they secured tens of millions of dollars for themselves.

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“The trial in Seoul, which Ms Park is obliged to attend, is expected to last several months and will draw in some of South Korea’s biggest companies and political names. The maximum sentence for corruption in South Korea is life.”

wow..life..

“Ms Choi is accused of using her connections with the president to pressure some of the country’s biggest companies to give money to a foundation she established in exchange for favourable treatment from the government.”

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~ by seeker401 on May 26, 2017.

One Response to “South Korea awaits trial of impeached president”

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