Finally, today around 2:30pm KST, Park was convicted on charges of corruption, abuse of power, and coercion by Seoul Central District Court.
During the trial, prosecutors sought a 30-year jail sentence for the ex-president. The court found Park guilty of 16 of the 18 charges brought forward by prosecutors and fined her a hefty sum of $17 million.
A video of Judge Kim Sae-yoon announcing Park’s official sentence and concluding the trial:
Outside the courthouse, hundreds of Park’s supporters were gathered waving Korean and US flags and demanding the former leader’s release. Most of Park’s loyal supporters are older conservative South Koreans who fondly remember Park Geun-hye’s father and former South Korean dictator, Park Chung-hee, as a great leader who guided South Korea into a period of economic strength and prosperity.
Banners hung above Park’s supporters read “Immediately release innocent President Park Geun-hye” and “Stop murderous political revenge,” according to a report by ABC News.