December 04, 2019 11:17
Ex-President Park Geun-hye has been taken back to jail after shoulder surgery and rehabilitation at a hospital.
She returned to a reprimand prison in Uiwang, Gyeonggi Province on Tuesday, 78 days after she was admitted to Seoul St. Mary's Hospital.
Park has been in jail since March 31, 2017.
A two-year prison sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court in November last year for her intervention in the nomination process of her former Saenuri Party. But other cases rumble on due to procedural inconsistencies and reversals on appeal.
Park was given a 25-year prison sentence for corruption, extortion and abuse of office in the scandal involving her toxic confidante Choi Soon-sil. A five-year prison sentence for taking kickbacks from the National Intelligence Service has been sent back by the Supreme Court to a lower court because it ruled that the payments had been wrongly interpreted.
Meanwhile, Kim Ki-choon (80), Park's former chief of staff, has been released from a remand prison in Seoul as the limit on his pre-trial detention expired at midnight Tuesday. He had spent a year and two months in jail since October last year for coercing business lobby groups to fund pro-government organizations to the tune of billions of won.
Before that he was also convicted of drawing up a blacklist of public figures and artists seen as hostile to Park. He can now await his appeals at home.
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