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South Korea Ex-president got a state pardon

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Park Geun-hye
The South Korean government has pardoned former President Park Geun-hye, who was serving 22 years in prison for corruption, the country's Justice Ministry said on Friday.

Park Kyung-mi, a spokesperson for the Blue House -- South Korea's presidential office -- said President Moon Jae-in considered former President Park's worsening health condition when deciding to grant a special pardon.

In 2017, Park became the country's first democratically-elected leader to be forcibly removed from office after the country's Constitutional Court upheld a parliamentary vote to impeach her over allegations of corruption and cronyism.

She was found guilty on multiple counts of abuse of power, bribery, and coercion in 2018 and sentenced to 24 years in prison -- later reduced to 20 years following a retrial.

Those charges related to a massive influence-peddling case that gripped South Korea prompted widespread protests, upended the country's politics and implicated some of its most powerful figures.

In January this year, South Korea's highest court upheld Park's reduced 20-year prison term.

She also faced an additional two-year sentence over a 2018 conviction for meddling in the nomination of candidates for the conservative political party she previously led.

Park, 69, underwent shoulder surgery in 2019 while serving her prison term, according to the Justice Ministry. She had been spotted by local media multiple times going to hospital in a wheelchair.

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