OREANDA-NEWS. On Thursday, January 14, the Supreme Court of South Korea in Seoul upheld the judgment of the former president of the country. The 68-year-old Park Geun-hye must spend 22 years in prison for abuse of office, bribery and extortion. This was reported by the Yonhap News Agency.

The ex-president will have to spend two years of her 22 years in prison for illegally interfering in the process of nominating candidates for the post of head of state from the United Future Party (Saenuri). The Supreme Court also upheld a fine of up to 18 billion won (about 13 million euros) imposed on Park Geun-hye, but cleared her of some previous charges. The prosecution offered to reduce the prison term.

In March 2017, Park Geun-hye was prematurely removed from the post of president by the Constitutional Court. Then she was arrested and charged with 18 counts, including passing classified government information to an outsider and corruption.

The Court of Appeal increased the prison term to 30 years. Later, the sentence was reviewed several times. The Supreme Court in Seoul put an end to Park Geun-hye's case. The verdict is final and not subject to review.