S. Korea’s Park Geun-hye gets 8 more years in jail

Jul 20, 2018, 7:32 AM EDT
South Korea’s tainted former president Park Geun-hye is already serving a 24-year-jail-term.
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South Korea’s tainted former president Park Geun-hye has been sentenced to another eight years in prison on charges of causing loss of government funds worth $2.91m and meddling in the 2016 parliamentary elections.

Park, the country’s first democratically elected leader to be impeached, was handed a 24-year-jail-term in April over separate charges related to bribery, influence peddling and coercion, writes Al Jazeera.

The judge at the Seoul Central District Court observed that Park siphoned off the state funds for personal use, thus violating the principles of executing government funds and depriving the country’s chief spy agency of resources it need to carry out its core duty, reports Reuters.