Ousted South Korea's President will not appeal jail term

South Korea's former President, Park Geun-Hye, will not appeal her 24-year prison sentence for corruption, reports said Monday

Park, 66, who was removed from office over a massive corruption scandal last year, was convicted of multiple criminal charges including bribery and abuse of power at a trial earlier this month

She has boycotted all court hearings since October, claiming unfair treatment

On Monday Park submitted an appeal waiver to the Seoul Central District Court to override an appeal filed by her younger sister last week, Yonhap news agency cited court officials as saying

But an appeal hearing will nonetheless take place as prosecutors are seeking harsher punishment

The Yonhap report said Park would boycott the process

The wide-ranging corruption scandal which broke last year prompted massive street protests against Park across the country and led to her impeachment

Park and her close confidante Choi Soon-sil were the key figures in the scandal involving charges of graft, influence-peddling and taking bribes from corporate bigwigs in exchange for policy favours

Park is the third former South Korean leader to be convicted on criminal charges after leaving office, joining Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo They were both found guilty of treason and corruption in the 1990s




AFP


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