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Park Geun-hye’s release on the 31st… Treatment at Samsung Seoul Hospital for the time being

Former President Park Geun-hye, who was sentenced to 22 years in prison for the National Nongdan case, was released. According to the Ministry of Justice on the 30th, the release procedure for former President Park took place around 00:00 on the 31st, when the amnesty took effect, at Samsung Seoul Hospital in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, where he is currently hospitalized. The pardon procedure was completed as the correctional authorities issued a pardon to former President Park and withdrew five or so caregivers from the hospital room.

Former President Park was admitted to Samsung Seoul Hospital on the 22nd of last month and received treatment. Even after the amnesty, it is known that he will be hospitalized and focus on treatment until at least February next year. Park’s health problems became a major consideration in the amnesty decision. Former President Park suffered a rotator cuff tear, the muscle covering the shoulder joint, in September 2019 and underwent surgery at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, and has since been receiving treatment for herniated disc symptoms. At a press conference on the 29th, Minister of Justice Park Beom-gye said, “When I looked at the opinions of the three hospitals again, it was a diagnosis, not a statement.” said. Ex-President Park was released after being pardoned and reinstated, but was not treated as a former president and received only security assistance. The ‘Act on Courtesy of Ex-Presidents’ stipulates that if a former president is impeached or sentenced to imprisonment without prison labor or heavier punishment is confirmed, courtesy will be deprived. However, it is stipulated that guards and guards are provided as they are. In January of this year, former President Park was sentenced to 20 years in prison, a fine of 18 billion won, and a fine of 3.5 billion won by the Supreme Court for charges such as state nongdan and reimbursing expenses for special activities of the National Intelligence Service. After imprisoning for 1736 days (4 years and 9 months) after being arrested on March 31, 2017, former President Park is exempted from imprisonment for the remaining 17 years and 3 months and a fine of 15 billion won.

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