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South Korea prosecutors demand 35-year jail term for ex-leader Park

May 20, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Park Geun-hye, the country's first female president, is being retried in the High Court on the bribery, abuse of power and spy agency charges

PARK GEUN-HYE. South Korea's ousted president Park Geun-Hye arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on August 7, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je

South Korea court gives former president 8 more years in prison

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:26 PM

The new penalty for disgraced South Korean president Park Geun-hye is on top of the 24-year sentence she is already serving for corruption and abuse of power

CONVICTED. This file photo taken on August 25, 2017 shows South Korean ousted leader Park Geun-hye (left) arriving at a court in Seoul. Photo by Kim Hong-ji /Pool/AFP

South Korean ex-president Lee admits taking $100,000 from spy agency

Mar 15, 2018 - 6:01 PM

Ex-president Lee Myung-bak denies most corruption charges but admits taking off-book funds from the National Intelligence Service (NIS) via a presidential aide, Yonhap news agency says, citing a prosecution official

LEE MYUNG-BAK. Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak (C) leaves the prosecutors' office in Seoul on March 15, 2018. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

South Korea prosecutors seek 25 years for ex-president's friend

Dec 14, 2017 - 2:48 PM

(UPDATED) Choi Soon-Sil was 'the alpha and omega of the scandal,' a prosecutor tells the Seoul Central District Court

CENTER OF CONTROVERSY. Choi Soon-Sil arrives at the Seoul Central District Prosecutor's Office in Seoul on October 31, 2016. Yonhap/AFP

Jailed Samsung heir appeals against conviction

Aug 28, 2017 - 1:29 PM

Prosecutors have also said they will appeal the court ruling – to seek a harsher punishment for Lee Jae Yong

APPEALING SENTENCE. In this file photo, Samsung Group heir Lee Jae-yong arrives at Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on August 25, 2017. Chung Sung-Jun/Pool/AFP

Samsung heir guilty of bribery, sentenced to 5 years jail

Aug 25, 2017 - 11:21 AM

3rd UPDATE Lee Jae Yong s penalty could leave the giant firm rudderless for years and hamper its ability to make key investment decisions

CORRUPTION TRIAL. In this file photo, Lee Jae-Yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, arrives for questioning at the office of a special prosecutor investigating a corruption scandal in Seoul on February 22, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Daughter of South Korea's 'Rasputin' arrested in flight

May 31, 2017 - 9:01 AM

The daughter of the woman at the center of a corruption scandal that led to the ousting of South Korea s president is arrested on a plane bound for Seoul

In this file photo, Choi Soon-Sil arrives at the Seoul Central District Prosecutor's Office in Seoul on October 31, 2016. Yonhap/AFP

South Korea to draw line under Park scandal with vote

May 05, 2017 - 12:39 PM

The May 9 vote takes place under the shadow of North Korea’s growing nuclear threat but voter sentiment is squarely focused on inequality and unemployment

BLUE HOUSE. The Blue House's next occupant will also find themselves plunged into high tensions with North Korea and uncertainty over the relationship with key ally and protector the United States. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Samsung heir accused of bribery, perjury as trial opens

Apr 07, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Lee Jae Yong has been charged with paying nearly 40 million to the now impeached president s close friend Choi Soon Sil allegedly as bribes to secure policy favors

TRIAL BEGINS. In this file photo, Lee Jae-Yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, arrives for questioning at the office of a special prosecutor investigating a corruption scandal in Seoul on February 22, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

From South Korean president to prisoner 503, Park in jail

Apr 01, 2017 - 3:20 PM

The former head of state spends her first night in solitary confinement at Seoul Detention Center after a court ordered her to be held pending charges

APOLOGETIC. In this file photo, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye bows during an address to the nation, at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 29, 2016. File photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/AFP

South Korea's Park in custody after court orders arrest

Mar 31, 2017 - 8:11 AM

UPDATED Prosecutors have yet to specify the formal charges against her but have previously said she is suspected of bribery abuse of authority coercion and leaking government secrets

ARRESTED. Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye (2R) leaves the prosecutors' office in a car as she is transferred to a detention house early on March 31, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. Photo by AFP

South Korean prosecutors summon Park for questioning

Mar 15, 2017 - 10:16 AM

UPDATED Park Geun Hye who was dismissed from the presidency by the Constitutional Court last March 10 will be required to attend a prosecutors office in Seoul a spokesman said

FACING PROBE. In this file photo, South Korea's President Park Geun-hye addresses the nation at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul on January 13, 2016. Kim Hong-Ji/Pool/AFP

Ousted South Korea leader slammed for defiance

Mar 13, 2017 - 5:06 PM

Thousands of her supporters stage protests in Seoul after the court verdict with violent clashes leaving 3 protesters dead and dozens including police and journalists wounded

South Korea's Park Geun-Hye waits for the arrival of Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka at the presidential Blue House on February 26, 2015. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Arrested Samsung heir appears handcuffed for questioning

Feb 18, 2017 - 6:23 PM

Lee Jae Yong is accused of paying nearly 40 million in bribes to a confidante of the impeached president to secure policy favors

HANDCUFFED. Handcuffed and bound with ropes, the heir of electronics giant Samsung appeared for questioning on February 18 over his alleged involvement in the corruption scandal currently engulfing South Korean President Park Geun-Hye. Photo by AFP

Samsung heir arrested in corruption probe

Feb 17, 2017 - 8:41 AM

3rd UPDATE His arrest the first for a Samsung chief will send shock waves through the group which is a major part of the South Korean economy

S. Korea state pension fund chief detained in corruption probe

Dec 28, 2016 - 9:07 AM

National Pension Service chief Moon Hyung Pyo is accused of pressuring the state pension fund to back Samsung in a controversial merger of its two units last year

PARK OUT. Protesters carry an effigy of South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye during a rally against Park in central Seoul on December 3, 2016. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

South Korea opposition votes to seek Park's impeachment

Nov 21, 2016 - 2:29 PM

UPDATED With Park showing no sign of going voluntarily the opposition is under pressure to take a more assertive stance but is wary of the political dangers involved

PUBLIC PRESSURE. Tens of thousands of protesters hold candles during an anti-government rally in central Seoul on November 19, 2016 aimed at forcing South Korean President Park Geun-Hye to resign over a corruption scandal. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Protesters urge scandal-hit South Korea president to quit

Nov 05, 2016 - 11:57 AM

UPDATED Protesters chant slogans and carry banners urging Park to step down the day after she issued a groveling televised apology over the influence peddling affair which has shattered public trust in her leadership

PROTESTS. A group of artists clash with police during an anti-government demonstration calling for the resignation of South Korea's president Park Geun-Hye, in central Seoul on November 4, 2016. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

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South Korea president agrees to be quizzed in scandal probe

Nov 04, 2016 - 9:01 AM

UPDATED South Korean President Park Geun Hye says she would not seek to hide behind presidential privilege if required to give testimony

SCANDAL PROBE. This file photo taken on February 26, 2015 shows South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Brother of South Korean president detained

Jul 11, 2012 - 8:18 AM

The elder brother of South Korean President Lee Myung Bak was detained pending corruption charges