Prosecutors seek 30 years' jail for ousted South Korea president
SEE ALSO :Cult leader jailed for raping followersPark has also been charged with coercing 18 large firms to "donate" a total of 77.4 billion won to two dubious foundations controlled by Choi. The Seoul Central District Court earlier this month found Choi guilty of abuse of power, bribery and interfering in government business and sentenced her to 20 years in prison. The verdict and sentence was seen as a potential pointer to the decision in Park's separate trial in the same court, because 15 of the 18 charges Choi faced mirror charges against the ex-president. A date for the verdict on Park may be announced at the end of Tuesday's session. "The accused (Park) abused her power delegated by the people for private gain for Choi and herself... violated core constitutional values on the protection of the market economy and free democracy," the statement said.
SEE ALSO :Samsung to shut mobile phone plant"When the court issued an arrest warrant for the accused Park, she tried to cover up the true picture of the case by describing the move as political revenge." Park since October has stopped attending the court, which she denounces as politically biased. Some legal experts believe she is in an even worse position than Choi was, noting that the judge who sentenced Choi had denounced Park for having "delegated" presidential authority to a private individual. Park, daughter of late dictator Park Chung-Hee, was brought up in Seoul's presidential Blue House. The scandal sent her once-bulletproof approval ratings to record lows, with tens of thousands taking to the streets for months calling for her ousting. But she retained a loyal following from groups of mainly older rival protesters. Her downfall gave the left-leaning Democratic Party the upper hand in the presidential election last May, which was easily won by Moon Jae-in. Approval ratings for Moon remain high, mainly due to his down-to-earth image, pro-poor policies and pursuit of dialogue with North Korea, as well as the success of the just-ended Pyeongchang Winter Olymmpics.