South Korea Not Messing Around; Ousted President Sentenced To Prison Time

Supporters of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye with her portrait march during a rally to call for her release near the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 6, 2018. A South Korean court is set to issue a verdict against disgraced former President Park Geun-hye on Friday, a year after she was forced out of office and arrested over an explosive corruption scandal that ensnared aides and prominent business leaders. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been found guilty of coercion, bribery, and abuse of power and a court handed down a 24-year prison sentence. She has also been fined $17 million.

Park was found guilty of 16 of the 18 charges she faced, which led to her removal from office last year. The 66-year-old did not participate in her trial or attend her sentencing hearing.

Park’s troubles and the protests that spurred the government to action are related to donations to pet policy projects.

The allegations against Park have to do with a friend and former aide with whom she is accused of colluding with to pressure big businesses into donating to two foundations set up in support of her policy initiatives.

Park has since apologized for negligence but has denied she did anything wrong.

Park’s lawyer plans to appeal.