Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been pardoned

Photo taken by former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, (left) prison officer, as he arrives at Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea on August 25, 2017.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in has pardoned former President Park Geun-hye, who is serving a prison sentence for corruption, the Ministry of Justice said on Friday.

Park, 69, became South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be ousted in 2017 when the Constitutional Court upheld a parliamentary vote to oust him. Samsung Electronics, In prison.

He was dropped on charges of colluding with a trusted man to help his family and fund his nonprofit charities, gaining tens of billions of dollars from major corporations.

In January, South Korea’s Supreme Court sentenced Park to 20 years in prison on corruption charges, ending his fall, ending the legal process and raising the possibility of pardon for the first time.

But Lee Myung-bak, a Park pioneer jailed on corruption charges, has not been pardoned.

We have added former President Park Geun-hye to break the unfortunate history of the past and give the people a sense of solidarity and the opportunity to take a new step into the future, “Justice Minister Park Beam-Kai told a news conference.

The decision comes as many supporters and politicians of the Conservative main opposition People’s Power Party are apologizing to Park ahead of the March presidential election.

Moon’s ruling Democrat flag bearer Lee Jae – Myung and People’s Power candidate Eun Suk-yol have been seen neck and neck in recent polls.

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Opposition lawmakers say Park suffered health problems while in prison, including shoulder surgery.

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