Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who has been arrested for criminal activity, has been pardoned by his successor.
Legislator, Park served as President from 2013 to 2017 when he was challenged and removed from office. He was given 25 years imprisonment in 2018 on various charges including corruption and abuse of power. The sentence was later reduced to 22 years.
A statement from South Korea’s Ministry of Justice said in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning President Jae-in-law have been made.
“We have to deal with the old pain and move forward in the new era. Instead of being held back and fighting, we need to gather strength to move forward,” said Moon, who also realized that Park’s health was deteriorating.
Lee Myung-bak, who led Park, is serving a 17-year prison sentence for bribery and money laundering and was not included in the list of more than 3,000 inmates for New Year’s amnesty.
Park, 69, is the daughter of General Park Chung-hee, who seized power in 1961 and ruled South Korea as dictatorial between 1963 and 1979. He was assassinated by his close friend Kim Jae-gyu, then president. of the National Intelligence Agency in South Korea.
Park Geun-hye’s mother, Yuk Young-soo, was assassinated five years earlier in an attempt to assassinate a North Korean army chief. Young Park returned to South Korea from education in France to serve as the first mother instead of her mother.
As the daughter of a dictator who was respected and ridiculed, Park divided and – to his detractors – was an inactive president.
His leadership came to an end when he was found to have been seen by a bad relationship and her friend, Choi Soon-sil, the daughter of a shaman who is associated with the occult. Choi allegedly said he was able to communicate with Park’s mother who died.
The rumors began major demonstrations in the street, and Park was eventually sued for forcing businesses to pay millions of dollars to Choi-controlled bases.
Some of the businessmen who were convicted of bribery were also present Lee Jae-yong. Samsung’s successor donated horses to support Choi’s daughter’s horse-riding mission as part of a campaign to protect her team in Korea.
Lee was released on parole in August. Moon’s government said its release was a blow to South Korea’s economy.
Moon, whose term as president expires in May, had already banned the pardon from Park.
But analysts say Park’s release, while not in favor of progressive voters, could reduce anger among voters who continue to be detained ahead of the March presidential election.