Friday 6 April 2018


A panel of judges in Seoul upheld the verdict of deposed former president Park Geun-hye, daughter of dictator of South Korea Park Chung-hee who seized power with a military coup in 1963 and suspended state elections until his assassination in 1979, which included wide-ranging charges of corruption, embezzlement, influence peddling and dereliction of duty and sentenced her to twenty-four years in prison.
Fraught with problems from the beginning, Park’s administration started in 2013 and lasted until 2016, propelled to office in part out of nostalgia for the reign of her father—seeing that we’ve become such poor stewards of democracy, we’re letting its institution become such shams and relieve them of their meaning and potency—and also a concerted social media campaign which the national intelligence service admitted to playing a part in. Park’s confidant Choi Soon-sil (who being the daughter of spiritual leader Choi Soon-sil has earned some Rasputin credentials) was also sentenced to twenty years in prison for extortion, abuse of power and unauthorised disclosure of classified materials who exercised great power and influence over Park and the South Korean government despite holding no official government office.