South Korean court sentences ex-president Park to another 8 years in prison

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SEOUL
Published 20.07.2018 10:17
Updated 20.07.2018 10:20
This file photo taken on November 29, 2016 shows South Korean President Park Geun-Hye speaking during an address to the nation at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. (AFP Photo)
This file photo taken on November 29, 2016 shows South Korean President Park Geun-Hye speaking during an address to the nation at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. (AFP Photo)

A South Korean court has sentenced jailed former South Korean President Park Geun-hye to an additional eight years for abusing state funds and violating election laws.

She now faces the prospect of more than three decades behind bars. She's already serving a 24-year prison term over a massive corruption scandal that led to her removal from office last year.

Seoul Central District Court on Friday found her guilty of unlawfully receiving about 3 billion won ($2.6 million) from chiefs of the National Intelligence Service during her presidency.

The court separately sentenced Park to two years in prison for breaking election laws by meddling in her party candidate's nomination ahead of the parliamentary elections in 2016.

She didn't appear in court on Friday.

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