Appeals court increases South Korean ex-leader's jail term to 25 years

Baku, August 24, AZERTAC 

A Seoul appellate court on Friday increased the sentence for former President of South Korea Park Geun-hye by one year to 25 years in a massive corruption case that led to her removal from office, Yonhap news agency reported.

The Seoul High Court also increased her fine by 2 billion won (US$1.78 million) to 20 billion won.

The 66-year-old former president was sentenced to 24 years in prison and an 18 billion-won fine by a lower court on April 6 in a ruling that the prosecution appealed.

She was charged for conspiring with her longtime confidante, Choi Soon-sil, into forcing big conglomerates, including Samsung, to donate 77.4 billion won to two foundations under Choi's control.

The scandal led to her removal from office by the Constitutional Court in March last year.

In the appellant trial, the prosecution maintained its demand for a 30-year jail term and an 118.5 billion-won fine for Park on July 20.

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