Park Geun-hye

BBC Minute: On Park Geun-hye's corruption conviction

South Korea’s first female president was sentenced to 24 years in jail
South Korea's former president Park Geun-hye has been jailed for 24 years following a long-running corruption scandal which led to her impeachment in March 2017. The saga provoked huge street protests, and embroiled some of South Korea's biggest companies such as Samsung.

As well as facing a lengthy prison sentence, Park Geun-hye has been fined $17 million. She wasn't in court as the verdict was announced. David Cann from the BBC's Korea Service tells BBC Minute the case has been hugely divisive in the country.

(Photo: Park Geun-hye arrives at court in Seoul to attend a hearing in her corruption trial, May 25 2017; Credit: Song Kyung-Seok-Pool/Getty Images)
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