Liberty Korea Party decries prosecution’s demand for heavy sentence for ex-President Park

SEOUL, The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) on Tuesday criticized the prosecution's request for a heavy sentence for ousted former President Park Geun-hye in her corruption trial as "more cruel than capital punishment."

Prosecutors on Tuesday demanded 30 years in prison for Park, who was indicted in April last year on 18 charges including bribery, abuse of power and leaking state secrets. They also asked the Seoul Central District Court to fine her 118.5 billion won (US$110.4 million).

"Could it be crueler than this?" Chang Je-won, the LKP spokesman, told reporters, calling on the court to render a "cool-headed" judgment. The court is expected to deliver its ruling in late March or early April.

"The demand for a 30-year prison term against the ousted former president already behind bars is a choice that befits the tastes of the incumbent government," he added.

In November, the LKP expelled Park from the party membership roster as part of reform efforts to regain public support and forge unity in the fractured conservative bloc. But it vowed to ensure Park would be fairly treated in a trial that she denounced as "political retribution."

The ruling Democratic Party said the recommendation of a heavy sentence for Park was a "corollary."

"It is only a corollary considering the weight of her charges," Back Hye-ryun, the party's spokeswoman, told reporters. "We hope that the court will render a wise judgment."

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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