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(LEAD) Prosecutors demand 15 years for ex-president for taking NIS bribes, interfering in elections

All Headlines 18:06 June 14, 2018

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SEOUL, June 14 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors requested a total of 15 years in prison for former President Park Geun-hye on Thursday on charges of taking bribes from the national spy agency and interfering in elections.

Park, 66, is already serving a 24-year sentence in a separate corruption case that led to her ouster in March last year. She appealed the lower court ruling.

Prosecutors additionally charged Park early this year for accepting 3.65 billion won (US$3.37 million) from the National Intelligence Service (NIS) during her term and spending it personally.

She was again indicted for carrying out illegal opinion polls ahead of the 2016 general elections in a bid to nominate those friendly toward her as legislator candidates.

Prosecutors demanded 12 years for the charges related to the NIS bribes, and three years for the election interference.

They also demanded the court order her to pay a total of 8 billion won and to forfeit 3.5 billion won.

Park was absent from Thursday's trial. She's been boycotting all her trials, claiming her case is political revenge by the liberal Moon Jae-in government.

Two of Park's ex-senior presidential aides and former spy chiefs were arrested for their involvement and are standing their own trials. Some of them have been released either on bail or after their presentencing detention expired.

Former President Park Geun-hye leaves the Seoul Central District Court after attending her corruption trial on Oct. 16, 2017. (Yonhap)


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