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The Independent|December 25, 2021
Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s president, has pardoned his predecessor Park Guen-hye who was serving a lengthy prison sentence after being impeached and convicted of corruption.

South Korea pardons jailed former president

Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s president, has pardoned his predecessor Park Guen-hye who was serving a lengthy prison sentence after being impeached and convicted of corruption. The 69-year-old was serving a 22-year prison term and was convicted for abuse of power and coercion in 2018 after being impeached by lawmakers in 2016, making her the country’s first democratically elected leader to be forced out of offie.

Park’s lawyer, Yoo Yeong-ha, welcomed the government’s decision, and said his client offered a public apology for causing concern to the public. Mr Moon’s offie said the decision was made with the intention to “overcome unfortunate past history, promote people’s unity and join hands for the future”.

According to opposition lawmakers, Park experienced several health problems in prison, including shoulder surgery. She is also suffering from lumbar disc, a shoulder injury and dental problems. The decision to grant the pardon also comes ahead of the 2022 presidential election where Mr Moon’s ruling Democratic Party candidate Lee Jae-myung and People Power’s Yoon Suk-yeol are running neck and neck.

Two more Hong Kong universities remove monuments

A further two universities in Hong Kong yesterday removed public monuments commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen protests in Beijing. The move comes just a day after the 2ft tall “Pillar of Shame” statue was removed from the University of Hong Kong.

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