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South Korea’s Ex-President Gets Longer Jail Term

South Korea’s  Ex-President Gets Longer Jail TermSouth Korea’s  Ex-President Gets Longer Jail Term

Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye had her lengthy prison sentence for corruption in office extended by an appeals court Friday. In April, a district court sentenced Park to 24 years in jail and fined her 18 billion won ($16.8 million) over bribery, extortion, abuse of power and other charges, NBC News reported. That ruling came a year after she was removed from office following months of street rallies over the corruption scandal that also led to the arrests of dozens of high-profile figures. The Seoul High Court handed out a 25-year prison sentence Friday after concluding Park took more money in bribes than initially believed. The court increased her fine to 20 billion won ($17.8 million). The court said both Park and prosecutors have one week to appeal. In July, Park received an additional eight years in prison for abusing state funds and violating election law in a separate election law. That made the 66-year-old face the prospect of more than three decades behind bars.

 

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