ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print

South Korea's Moon pardons former President Park Geun-hye

Nation has a history of punishing and pardoning former presidents

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye arrives at a court in Seoul in May 2017.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday pardoned his disgraced predecessor Park Geun-hye for the sake of national "harmony," just months before a presidential election in Asia's fourth-biggest economy.

Park has been in prison since 2017 after receiving a 22-year sentence for crimes including taking bribes from Samsung and other conglomerates through her lifelong friend Choi Soon-sil. Park will be released from jail next week.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more