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Thu Jan 14, 2021, 01:22 AM

South Korean court upholds prison term for ex-president Park

Wed, January 13, 2021, 10:10 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 20-year prison term for former President Park Geun-hye over bribery and other crimes as it wrapped up a historic corruption case that marked a striking fall from grace for the country’s first female leader and conservative icon.

The ruling means Park, who was ousted from office and arrested in 2017, could potentially serve a combined 22 years behind bars, following a separate conviction for illegally meddling in her party’s candidate nominations ahead of parliamentary elections in 2016.

But the finalizing of her prison term also makes her eligible for a special presidential pardon, a looming possibility as the country’s deeply split electorate approaches the next presidential election in March 2022.



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TexasTowelie Jan 15 #1
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Fri Jan 15, 2021, 07:03 AM

1. I was about to post this story from UPI,

but I see that you beat me to it. It's good to know that we have someone here that closely monitors the news from South Korea.

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Fri Jan 15, 2021, 02:44 PM

2. It's nice to know...

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...that i have some backup here if I take a break. Thankyou Texas Towelie.

T.K. at Ask a Korean (AAK) twitter thread has a new twitter thread called The Blue Roof that covers South Korean domestic news in English. He generally comes out with a news dump on Mondays. He's a an American attorney and court certified translator. Given the volume and quality of his web presentation there, he must have a good staff. I'm just an amateur. He says https://www.blueroofpolitics.com/ is the first US web site specializing in coverage of South Korean domestic news. If you go through his Blue House twitter thread one can register at his https://www.blueroofpolitics.com/ web site. it's free.


I also like to interpret reports in the South Korean media that don't make it to the English language press. I'm more inclined to read opinions than TK because the msm in South Korea is overwhelmingly biased to the right.

This morning i saw in news commentary that the corrupt Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-yeol intends to investigate the Moon Jae-in administration for letting the covid 19 pandemic get out of control in South Korea. As right wing religious fundamentalist churches particularly those with a missionary evangelical orientation are primarily responsible for spreading the disease by failure to comply with public health measures, Yoon, the right wing contender to be the next President of South Korea blames the democratic administration for the outbreak. His objective in virtually continuous investigations and prosecutions of leading political figures and government officials on the left is to paralyze justice reform efforts by the democratic government. TK would never say it like that.

Yoon also intends to investigate the Moon administration for an allegedly unlawful closure of Reactor No. 1 at the Wolseong nuclear power station while the site is currently leaking radioactive materials into the local environment.


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