Tuesday, January 18

South Korea: ex-president Park Geun-hye pardoned

(Belga) Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, sentenced to 20 years in prison for a resounding corruption scandal that precipitated her impeachment in 2017, has been pardoned, the justice minister announced on Friday.

Park Geun-hye is on a list of those granted special amnesty and has been pardoned in “a perspective of national unity,” Minister Park Beom-kye told reporters. The 69-year-old was serving a 20-year prison sentence for corruption and abuse of power, followed by two more years for violating electoral law. The first woman to be elected president of South Korea, in 2013, Ms. Park was convicted in 2018 of receiving or requesting tens of millions of dollars from South Korean conglomerates, including Samsung Electronics, for sharing classified documents. , to have put on a “black list” artists critical of his policy, or to have dismissed officials who opposed his abuse of power. This scandal had thrown a harsh light on the troubled connections between these family conglomerates and political power. It was in the wake of his impeachment that the center-left lawyer Moon Jae-in was brought to power in 2017, surfing on the loss of credibility of the conservatives. South Korea is known for the severity of its justice against former heads of state. The four surviving former South Korean presidents were all sentenced after their terms ended. (Belga)


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