South Korea prosecutors demand 30-year term for Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye

February 27, 2018 12:14 pm
Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye (L) arrives at a court in Seoul, South , August 25, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Prosecutors in have demanded a lengthy prison sentence for former president Park Geun-hye, who was toppled last year amid an influence-peddling scandal.
During a court session on Tuesday, prosecutors in the case demanded that Park — who was not present and who denies any wrongdoing — be handed a 30-year jail term.
Park was formally removed from office and arrested in March last year over accusations of bribery, abuse of power, and coercion.
The Seoul Central District Court, where Park is being tried on the charges, is to set a date for the announcement of its verdict.
The same court sentenced Park’s confidante, Choi Soon-sil, to 20 years in prison earlier this month for her role in the influence-peddling scandal.
Park’s lawyers resigned last October in protest at what they called biased proceedings following a court decision to extend her detention period until April this year.
She is currently being defended by state attorneys.
If Park is convicted, she would be the third South Korean president convicted of crimes. The other two were former military generals involved in a 1979 coup and a 1980 massacre of civilians.
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