SEOUL/TOKYO — South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday sought a 30-year prison term for former President Park Geun-hye over her role in a high-profile corruption scandal that has shaken the country’s business and political establishment.
Park, South Korea’s first female president, faces charges of bribery, abuse of power and coercion. She is accused of colluding with her close friend Choi Soon Sil to solicit and take bribes from large South Korean companies, including Samsung Electronics and Lotte Group. Park has denied any wrongdoing.
In March 2017, Park became South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be removed from office. The following month, she was indicted on 18 separate charges. She is accused of allowing Choi, who held no official government position, to meddle in state affairs, and of giving Choi access to classified documents.