Park Geun-hye: Extra jail time for South Korea ex-leader

Park Geun-hye in custody in Seoul, 25 August 2017 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Park pictured at a courtroom hearing ultimate August

Disgraced former South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been jailed for an additional eight years for corruption, on most sensible of the 24 she is already serving.

A court docket in Seoul sentenced Park to 6 years for illegally accepting price range from the country’s secret agent agency, and years for interfering in elections.

She won her earlier sentence in April for abuse of power and coercion.

Park, the country’s first female president, has boycotted courtroom hearings, keeping up her innocence.

She says her trials have been politically encouraged and that the judiciary and prosecution are biased towards her.

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The prosecutions delivered to light the longstanding close ties between South Korea’s political elite and the chaebols, or circle of relatives-run conglomerates, which dominate its economy.

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