Park Geun-hye, Ex-South Korean Leader, Gets 25 Years in Prison
SEOUL, South Korea — Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s impeached and ousted president, was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison, as an appeals court convicted her of collecting more bribes than previously believed from Samsung, the country’s largest business conglomerate.
In a lower-court ruling in April, Ms. Park, 66, was sentenced to 24 years in prison on bribery, extortion, abuse of power and other criminal charges and ordered to pay 18 billion won ($16 million) in fines.
But on Friday, the appeals court in Seoul added another year to her prison term and increased her fine to 20 billion won, saying that the collusive ties between Ms. Park and Samsung were more expansive than the lower court had ruled.
That December, the National Assembly impeached her on charges of bribery and abuse of presidential power.
When she was convicted in April, a lower court ruled that Ms. Park and her longtime secretive friend and confidante, Choi Soon-sil, had collected or demanded 23 billion won in bribes from three big businesses, including nearly 7.3 billion won from Samsung.
But on Friday, the appeals court put the amount of bribes Ms. Park and Ms. Choi received from Samsung at 8.7 billion won.
It said Samsung offered the bribes to help win government support for an attempt by Samsung’s vice chairman, Lee Jae-yong, to inherit management control from his father, Lee Kun-hee, the company’s chairman.
In August of last year, Mr. Lee was sentenced to five years in prison for offering bribes to Ms. Choi and Ms. Park.
Also on Friday, Ms. Park’s friend, Ms. Choi, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The 25-year sentence is not the only prison term Ms. Park faces.