Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who led the country with the direction of a shamanistic all-women’s cabal, has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.
She also received a $16.9 million fine.
The beleaguered former leader was found guilty on Friday of abuse of power and coercion following a lengthy, and highly-publicized court case. The verdict, which was delivered by Judge Kim Se-yun at the Seoul Central District Court, was nationally televised.
Prosecutors sought a 30-year prison term and a $112 million fine for Park, Reuters reports.
The 66-year-old has been held in detention near the South Korean capital of Seoul since her arrest last March, but did not attend the session, citing illness. Park claims that she is the victim of “political revenge” and has refused to attend court sessions since October 2017.
Park was forcefully removed from office last year after millions rallied in the streets to call for her dismissal. She served as South Korea’s first female president, and also holds the infamy of being the first South Korean president to be removed from office through a court proceeding.
She is the daughter of Park Chung-hee, South Korea’s former dictator who ruled the country from 1961 until he was assassinated in 1979.
The court found that Park and her friend Choi Soon-sil colluded to receive tens of millions of dollars from major South Korean corporations, including Samsung, to fund Choi’s non-profit organizations, which included a Shamanistic women’s cult.
Park’s scandal gave rise to a number of neo-feminist organizations, including a gaming association called the “National D.Va Association,” which protested her leadership and criticized the former leader for using her femininity to dodge criticism.
At the height of her popularity, local media referred to Park as the “Queen of Elections” for always managing to lead her party to victory. She continues to enjoy the support of a small number of hardline supporters who dismiss the allegations against her as “sexist.”
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