South Korean prosecutors seek long sentence for ex-President Park Geun-hye

By Updated at 2018-02-27 07:08:31 +0000


Millions of South Koreans protested for Park Guen-hye's removal from office in response to corruption allegations in late 2016. The country's highest court removed her in March 2017.

Prosecutors on Tuesday demanded a 30-year prison sentence for former South Korean President Park Geun-hye for bribery and abuse of power.

"We ask the court to hand down 30 years in prison and [a fine of] 118.5 billion won (€90 million) for the accused, who must take the ultimate responsibility for the scandal as the 18th president of this country," prosecutors said in court.

The country's supreme court removed Park from office in March after the parliament impeached her in response to corruption allegations.

The 66-year-old was indicted in April on charges of bribery, abuse of power and leaking state secrets. She was accused of working with a friend to take or attempting to take 60 billion won in bribes from three South Korean companies — Samsung, Lotte and SK — for political favors.

The Seoul Central District Court is expected to set a date for its final verdict later on Tuesday.

Germany's DW - (AP, AFP, dpa)