June 15, 2018 13:29
Prosecutors have sought a 12-year sentence for ex-President Park Geun-hye on fresh charges of taking W3.65 billion in bribes from the National Intelligence Service (US$1=W1,083).
They also demand a W8 billion fine and a forfeit of W3.5 billion in the final hearing of a trial in absentia.
"This is a typical corruption case where Park demanded bribes from NIS chiefs who in turn showed their loyalty by providing the money." a prosecutor said.
Park is charged with having taken a total of W3.5 billion from ex-NIS chiefs Nam Jae-joon, Lee Byung-kee, and Lee Byung-ho between May 2013 and September 2016.
She is also charged with having ordered Lee Byung-ho to send an additional W150 million, W50 million each month, to then her chief of staff Lee Won-jong at Cheong Wa Dae between June and August 2016.
Park, who is boycotting proceedings, has pleaded not guilty. Her court-appointed lawyer said, "Park neither demanded nor ordered the NIS to give her money, nor did she divert government money for her personal use."
Prosecutors also demanded an additional three-year sentence for Park for illegally intervening in the then-ruling Saenuri Party's nomination process ahead of the general elections in 2016 in a bid to help her loyalists become lawmakers.
She will be sentenced on July 20.
Park has already been sentenced to 24 years in prison for corruption and abuse of power in a separate trial, but prosecutors have appealed the sentence as too lenient.
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