August 22, 2018 12:08
An appellate court will not permit the live broadcast of the sentencing Friday of ex-President Park Geun-hye, whose sentence at first instance was appealed by prosecutors as too lenient.
The first sentencing at the Seoul Central District court in April was broadcast live. She was found guilty on 16 of the 18 criminal charges, including bribery, and sentenced to 24 years in jail and a W18 billion fine (US$1=W1,119).
But the appellate court on Tuesday said, "We've decided to ban the live broadcast taking into consideration various circumstances including a request from her lawyers."
Park herself is boycotting proceedings and being tried in absentia. At the final hearing last month, Park's lawyers said broadcasting the sentencing could violate her privacy in the name of the public interest.
Live broadcast of a sentencing hearing is permitted in district and appellate courts even without the consent of the accused in cases of overwhelming public interest, according to a Supreme Court decision in July last year.
Park has waived her own right of appeal.
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