Ex-Prime Minister Starts Life Behind Bars

      August 25, 2015 13:22

      Former Prime Minister Han Myeong-sook was put behind bars on Monday after the Supreme Court last week upheld her conviction for bribery.

      Han showed up at the prison in Uiwang, Gyeonggi Province around 2 p.m. She turned in all her personal belongings and was given toiletries and other necessities. She spent her first night in a cell for newcomers, which aims to help inmates adapt to prison life for a couple of days.

      Former Prime Minister Han Myeong-sook (center) speaks to supporters and the press before starting her prison term in Uiwang, Gyeonggi Province on Monday.

      She will be given a medical examination and general guidelines for life in prison before being assigned to a cell that she may either share with other inmates or have to herself.

      "There will be no special treatment for a person of high social status." A Justice Ministry official said. "Cells are without exception assigned according to regulations."

      It is the first time that a former prime minister has served a prison sentence.

      At the jail gate Han, surrounded by supporters and the press, once again protested her innocence before being led away. 

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