Is Twenty-Four Years in Prison Enough?

April 20, 2018

Last March, former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was impeached. She was later arrested for giving her close friend Choi Soon-sil access to government information, which Choi Soon-sil later used to force companies to give money to her charitable organizations. Although Ms. Geun-hye has denied any wrongdoing and claims that she is the victim of “political revenge,” that’s not what the courts have decided. Earlier this month, Ms. Geun-hye was formally convicted and sentenced to twenty-four years in prison. She had one week to appeal, but she has decided to accept her sentence. But prosecutors are saying not so fast and filed an appeal to increase her prison sentence for crimes that were not originally included in the trial. What will be Ms. Geun-hye’s ultimate sentence? We’ll keep you updated!