Former President Park Geun-Hye, who is serving a 22-year prison sentence for corruption and abuse of power, has been added to the amnesty list as part of a New Year’s amnesty, the South Korean Ministry of Justice has announced.
The government said in a statement issued by South Korea’s Ministry of Justice on December 24 (December 24, 2021) that “before 2022, 3094 people, including former President Park Geun-Hye, will be granted amnesty.” Park was hospitalized three times in 2021 for persistent shoulder and lower back discomfort.
According to the Yonhap news agency, the reason for his inclusion in the list of people who have been granted a general pardon is due to his health condition. During his tenure, former President Park Geun-Hye was forced to resign in 2017 due to political controversy over the influence of his friend Choi Soon-Sil in government decisions.
Former President Park Geun-Hye has been sentenced in 2018 to 22 years in prison on charges of receiving a total of 3.5 billion won ($ 2.9 million) in bribes from three former National Intelligence Service chiefs from 2013 to 2016.
Park became the country’s first female president in 2013. Park, 69, has been hospitalized several times due to shoulder and back pain.
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