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Ousted Leader Park Gets 24 Years in Prison

Ousted Leader Park Gets 24 Years in Prison

SEOUL, April 6 (Korea Bizwire) – Former President Park Geun-hye was sentenced to 24 years in prison and 18 billion won in fine on Friday in a massive corruption scandal that toppled her from power early last year. In a live televised trial, the Seoul Central District Court meted out the guilty verdict for the 66-year-old former leader, about a year after her arrest in late March of 2017.  [...]

Court Rejects 2nd Injunction Against Live Broadcast of Park’s Sentencing Trial

Court Rejects 2nd Injunction Against Live Broadcast of Park’s Sentencing Trial

SEOUL, April 5 (Korea Bizwire) – A Seoul court on Thursday turned down another injunction filed by former President Park Geun-hye against a court decision to allow the live broadcast of her sentencing hearing set for the following day. The Seoul Central District Court dismissed the request, saying it does not constitute grounds for reconsideration. This is the second injunction rejected by the court regarding the high-profile bribery and corruption trial of the ousted [...]

China Vows to End ‘Retaliatory Measures’ Against THAAD Deployment Soon

China Vows to End ‘Retaliatory Measures’ Against THAAD Deployment Soon

SEOUL, April 1 (Korea Bizwire) – China will end what are believed to be retaliatory measures over South Korea’s deployment of a U.S.-developed missile shield in the near future, a top Chinese official said Friday. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s envoy, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, made the remarks during his meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul. “China places great importance on matters of [...]

Active Use of Social Media Vital for Politicians on Campaign Trail

Active Use of Social Media Vital for Politicians on Campaign Trail

SEOUL, Mar. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Savvy social media use can lead candidates to victory come election time, according to a new study. The new report released by the National Assembly Research Service revealed that President Moon Jae-in used live broadcasting features on social media much more than other candidates during his victorious campaign in [...]

Prominent Politician Drops Out of Seoul Mayoral Race Amid Sexual Violence Allegations

Prominent Politician Drops Out of Seoul Mayoral Race Amid Sexual Violence Allegations

SEOUL, March 28 (Korea Bizwire) – A prominent liberal politician on Wednesday withdrew his bid for the June Seoul mayoral election and quit politics over allegations that he sexually harassed a young woman seven years ago. Chung Bong-ju, 57, exited the crowded race shortly after the alleged victim unveiled a fresh piece of evidence to [...]