South Korean ex-leader sentenced to 8 more years in prison

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2017, file photo, former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left, arrives for her trial at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul. A South Korean court has sentenced on Friday, July 20, 2018, jailed Park to an additional eight years for abusing state funds and violating election laws.
FILE – In this Aug. 7, 2017, file photo, former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left, arrives for her trial at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul. A South Korean court has sentenced on Friday, July 20, 2018, jailed Park to an additional eight years for abusing state funds and violating election laws.

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean court has sentenced jailed former South Korean President Park Geun-hye to an additional eight years for abusing state funds and violating election laws.

She now faces the prospect of more than three decades behind bars. She’s already serving a 24-year prison term over a massive corruption scandal that led to her removal from office last year.

Seoul Central District Court on Friday found her guilty of unlawfully receiving about 3 billion won ($2.6 million) from chiefs of the National Intelligence Service during her presidency.

The court separately sentenced Park to two years in prison for breaking election laws by meddling in her party candidate’s nomination ahead of the parliamentary elections in 2016.

She didn’t appear in court on Friday. —Source: Associated Press

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