Former South Korea president Park Geun-hye was on Friday (6/4/18) sentenced to 24 years in prison after she was found guilty of graft.
Ex-president Park was accused of colluding with a friend, Choi Soon-sil, and a former presidential aide to bully companies into funding her foundations.
She was convicted for soliciting bribes from the Samsung Group in exchange for government favours.
“The amount of bribery the accused received or demanded in collaboration with Choi amounts to more than 23 billion won ($21.7 million),” Judge Kim Se-Yoon said, referring to Park’s secret confidante and long-time friend Choi Soon-sil.
“I sentence the accused to 24 years in prison and 18 billion won in fines.”
According to AFP, Park becomes the third former South Korean leader to be convicted on criminal charges after leaving office, joining Chun Doo-whan and Roh Tae-woo, who were both found guilty of treason and corruption in the 1990s.
The disgraced leader made headlines in 2016 when she allegedly asked to meet NASA leader Raila Odinga at State House, Nairobi, during her state visit to Kenya.
Her trip to Kenya saw Raila alongside Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula invited to State House for a luncheon.
Raila after the meeting claimed that he and President Uhuru Kenyatta had agreed to reform the IEBC, a claim that was strongly refuted.
She was surrounded by controversy soon after it was discovered that she purchased 360 erectile dysfunction pills for the Kenya trip .
Her South Korea office explained that the drugs were purchased to assist her and her entourage to treat altitude sickness.
For the vast majority of Koreans, she has now been permanently disowned, and will go down in history not as the country’s first woman president but the first democratically-elected leader to be ousted from office.