Park Abandons Appeal
Ex-President Park Geun-hye has given up on appealing against her 24-year jail sentence for corruption and abuse of power, the Seoul Central District Court said Monday.
Park missed the deadline for her appeal last Friday and submitted a waiver to the court on Monday to override an appeal filed by her younger sister last week.
Prosecutors have launched their own appeal because they consider the sentence too lenient.
Park's decision means she will probably boycott the proceedings just as she boycotted the last few months of her trial and it will go ahead without her.
Park's estranged sister Geun-ryeong on Friday filed an appeal on her behalf. Under the rules of criminal procedure, a defendant's siblings or other family members can appeal a conviction, but not over the defendant's express refusal.
Prosecutors are appealing the court's ruling that Samsung's lavish donations to two dodgy foundations set up by Park's confidante Choi Soon-sil were not straight-up bribes but the result of extortion.