S Korea’s Park will not ap­peal

Viet Nam News - - ASIA -

SEOUL — South Korea’s for­mer pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye will not ap­peal her 24-year prison sen­tence for cor­rup­tion, re­ports said yes­ter­day.

Park, 66, who was re­moved from of­fice over a mas­sive cor­rup­tion scan­dal last year, was con­victed of mul­ti­ple crim­i­nal charges in­clud­ing bribery and abuse of power at a trial ear­lier this month.

She has boy­cotted all court hear­ings since Oc­to­ber, claim­ing un­fair treat­ment.

Yes­ter­day, Park sub­mit­ted an ap­peal waiver to the Seoul Cen­tral District Court to over­ride an ap­peal filed by her younger sis­ter last week, Yon­hap news agency cited court of­fi­cials as say­ing.

But an ap­peal hear­ing will nonethe­less take place as pros­e­cu­tors are seek­ing harsher pun­ish­ment.

The Yon­hap re­port said Park would boy­cott the process.

The wide-rang­ing cor­rup­tion scan­dal which broke last year prompted mas­sive street protests against Park across the coun­try and led to her im­peach­ment. — AFP

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