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South Korea's Park won't fight corruption conviction

Prosecutors seek tougher sentence for ex-president serving 24 years in prison

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left, was sentenced to 24 years in prison for extorting bribes from the nation's conglomerates.   © AP

SEOUL -- Impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye will not challenge her conviction on corruption charges, even after prosecutors filed an appeal seeking a tougher sentence for the disgraced leader.

Park submitted a handwritten document on Monday to a Seoul district court stating her intention to waive her right of appeal.

Park, South Korea's first female president, was sentenced to 24 years in prison and fined 18 billion won ($16.7 million) this month for extorting millions of dollars from some of the country's biggest conglomerates, including Samsung, during her time in office.

The former president has not appeared in court since October and did not attend her sentencing, which was televised live. She is expected to boycott the appeals proceedings, where prosecutors hope to overturn the court's decision clearing her of certain charges.

Park has denied all the charges against her and said she is facing political retaliation.

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