February 08, 2019 12:26
The Supreme Court on Thursday decided to extend the detention period of ex-President Park Geun-hye until April 16 while she awaits the outcome of a prosecution appeal against her decades-long jail sentence.
In August last year, an appeals court sentenced Park to 25 years in prison for corruption and abuse of office, adding one more year into her original sentence, but the prosecution felt that was still not long enough. Park has waived her own right of appeal.
A court can extend a defendant's detention during trial three times for two months each.
But legal experts doubt whether the Supreme Court can reach a verdict by April 16. In the case of Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong, who is on probation for bribing Park, the appeals court is taking more than a year to reach a verdict.
But that does not mean that Park gets to spend a few months at home before returning to prison for the rest of her life since she already serves a concurrent two-year sentence for meddling in elections.
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