July 26, 2019 12:57
An appeals court has slightly reduced one of disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye's sentences for corruption.
The Seoul High Court on Thursday sentenced Park to five years in prison for taking regular kickbacks from the National Intelligence Service while in office, down from six years at first instance.
The court also fined her W2.7 billion, down from W3.3 billion at first instance, for misappropriating W3.5 billion in NIS funds (US$1=W1,182).
But the reduction is a drop in the ocean and still leaves her with 32 years to serve including 25 years for corruption, influence-peddling and bribery, with an appeal pending at the Supreme Court. Park has been boycotting the trial since late 2017 and did not show up for Thursday's sentencing.
The conviction is chiefly of interest because it contradicts Park's defense that she never ran her extortion rackets for her own benefit.
Prosecutors said they will take the appeal to the Supreme Court.
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