S.Korea’s disgraced ex-president Park freed after nearly 5 years in prison
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By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) – Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was released from prison on Friday nearly five years after being convicted of corruption, fuelling debate over whether she would play any role ahead of a March presidential election. Park, 69, was the country’s first democratically elected leader to be thrown out of office when the Constitutional Court upheld a parliament vote in 2017 to impeach her over a scandal that also led to the imprisonment of the chiefs of two conglomerates, Samsung and Lotte. South Korea’s top court in January upheld a 20-year prison sentenc…

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