Ex-intel chief in South Korea found dead in possible suicide
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A former South Korean military intelligence chief was found dead on Friday, police said, in a suspected suicide.
Former Defense Security Command head Lee Jae-su was being investigated by state prosecutors for allegedly ordering the illegal surveillance of families of people killed in a 2014 ferry sinking. Lee, a retired three-star general, had denied the allegation.
South Korean ex-leader Lee gets 15-year term for corruption
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday in a corruption case that has badly tainted his status as the country's first leader with a business background who once symbolized the country's economic rise.
S. Korea court extends ex-leader Park’s lengthy prison term
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean high court on Friday extended the lengthy prison sentence of former President Park Geun-hye for corruption in office.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Friday sentenced former South Korean President Park Geun-hye to an additional eight years for abusing state funds and violating election laws.
She now faces the prospect of more than three decades behind bars. She's already serving a 24-year prison term over a massive corruption scandal that led to her removal from office last year.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kim Jong-pil, the founder of South Korea's spy agency whose political skills helped him also serve twice as prime minister, first under his dictator boss and later under a man his agency kidnapped, has died. He was 92.
Kim was declared dead on arrival at Seoul's Soonchunhyang University Hospital from his home on Saturday, said hospital official Lee Mi-jong. He described the cause of death as age-related complications.
AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
A man sits outside an American apparel store in Beijing, where President Xi Jinping promised to cut auto import taxes and open China's markets further amid a spiraling trade dispute with the United States.
In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, supporters of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye rally for her release in Seoul, where she was convicted on corruption charges and sentenced to 24 years in prison.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors formally charged jailed ex-President Lee Myung-bak with a range of corruption charges on Monday, making him the country's fourth leader to face a criminal trial in about two decades.
Last Friday, Lee's conservative successor, Park Geun-hye, was sentenced to 24 years in prison in a separate corruption scandal for which she was removed from office following months of huge anti-government rallies.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday called disgraced former South Korean President Park Geun-hye a "traitor" responsible for "extra-large hideous corruption," in its first reaction to the sentencing of Park to 24 years in prison on corruption charges.
Ex-S. Korean leader Park gets 24-year prison term
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was formally convicted of an array of corruption charges and sentenced to 24 years in prison on Friday, a year after she was driven from office and arrested over a scandal that saw months of massive street rallies calling for her ouster.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In the same courtroom where an ex-military dictator was once sentenced to death, Park Geun-hye's corruption conviction on Friday extended the tradition of South Korean presidencies ending badly. Nearly every former president, or their family members and aides, have been mired in scandals near the end of their terms or after they left office. One leader, Park's father, was assassinated by his spy chief, and another former president killed himself.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the corruption verdict for former South Korean President Park Geun-hye (all times local):
A lawyer of ex-South Korean President Park Geun-hye has called her sentence of 24 years in prison over corruption "very bad" and hinted that she would appeal.
Kang Cheol-gu told reporters after Friday's ruling that he believes the "appeals court and the Supreme Court will make a different judgment."
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It's the biggest political scandal in recent South Korean history, with more than 50 high-profile figures spending time in prison or facing trial, including ex-President Park Geun-hye, her confidante of 40 years, Choi Soon-sil, and billionaire Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong. The latest chapter in the snowballing scandal saw Park formally convicted and sentenced to 24 years in prison on Friday.
Here's look at the fates of some of the key players:
Key moments in life of disgraced ex-S. Korean leader
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Friday sentenced former President Park Geun-hye to 24 years in prison on charges of bribery, extortion, abuse of power and other crimes over an explosive corruption scandal that removed her from office one year ago.
Some key moments in Park's life:
1963: Park moves to Seoul's presidential Blue House, two years after her father Park Chung-hee took power in a coup.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court said Tuesday that it will allow a rare live broadcast of the verdict at the trial of disgraced former President Park Geun-hye later this week.
Park was arrested last year on a slew of corruption charges after being removed from office following months of huge rallies calling for her ouster. Prosecutors are demanding a 30-year prison term if the court finds her guilty.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors have requested an arrest warrant for ex-President Lee Myung-bak over allegations of bribery, embezzlement and other charges, officials said Monday.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday questioned South Korea's conservative former President Lee Myung-bak over corruption allegations, making him the latest of the country's leaders entangled in scandal.
Prosecutors: Ex-SKorean president deserves 30 years in jail
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Prosecutors on Tuesday demanded a 30-year prison term for former South Korean President Park Geun-hye for alleged bribery, abuse of power and other crimes in a landmark corruption case that marked a stunning fall from grace for the country's first female leader and conservative icon.
Friend of ex-S. Korean president, Lotte chairman get prison
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A confidante accused of collaborating with South Korea's former president for personal gain was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for bribery and other crimes in a political scandal that triggered the country's first presidential impeachment and the conviction of an heir to the Samsung empire.
Prosecutors: More bribery charges for South Korean ex-leader
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Prosecutors filed additional bribery charges against South Korea's jailed ex-president on Thursday, alleging she received official funds from her spy chiefs for personal purposes.
Park Geun-hye was removed from office in March 2017 and is on trial on a broad range of corruption and other charges that could lead to a lengthy prison term. Her ouster followed months of protests that drew millions of South Koreans into the streets calling for her removal.
Prosecutors demand 12-year prison term for Samsung heir Lee
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday demanded a 12-year prison term for Samsung's jailed billionaire heir, Lee Jae-yong, who maintained his innocence during an appeal of his conviction on bribery and other charges.
2 ex-spy chiefs charged with bribery of former SKorea leader
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday formally charged two former spy chiefs who were arrested last month over suspicions they used their agency's funds to make illegal payments to former President Park Geun-hye. Park was removed from office and arrested in March, and is being tried on broad corruption charges.
Ex-SKorea leader Park complains about extension of detention
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Jailed former South Korean President Park Geun-hye called herself a victim of "political revenge" in her first public remarks since her high-profile corruption trial began in May, news reports said, as her lawyers resigned Monday in an apparent protest over the court's decision to extend her detention.
South Korean court extends detention of ex-President Park
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Friday extended the detention of former President Park Geun-hye, who is on trial over broad corruption allegations that led to her removal from office and arrest in March.
The Seoul Central District Court issued an additional six-month arrest warrant for Park which will take effect once the current warrant expires on Monday, according to a court official who didn't want to be named, citing office rules.
Lawyers, prosecutors face off at Samsung heir’s appeal case
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Prosecutors cited a past ruling on a North Korean spy case as one reason why Samsung's billionaire heir deserved a lengthy prison term after being convicted of offering bribes to the country's then-president and one of her associates.
The prosecutors and Lee Jae-yong's lawyers sparred Thursday during a first hearing by the appeals court on the effort by Lee, Samsung's vice chairman and de facto leader, to have his five-year prison sentence overturned.
Lawyers, prosecutors face off at Samsung heir’s appeal case
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Prosecutors cited a past ruling on a North Korean spy case as one reason why Samsung's billionaire heir deserves a lengthy prison term for his conviction on bribery charges.
The prosecutors and Samsung lawyers sparred Thursday during a first hearing by the appeals court on the effort by Lee Jae-yong, Samsung's vice chairman and de facto leader, to have his five-year prison sentence overturned.
Jailed South Korean leader draws small but growing protests
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A small but growing army of often elderly men and women regularly swing South Korean banners and scream outrage at the jailing of a woman they consider their spiritual mother: disgraced former President Park Geun-hye.
Q&A: Samsung chief is jailed. Here’s what you need to know.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong, the de facto leader of South Korea's most successful business group, was sentenced Friday to five years prison for offering bribes and other crimes.
Lee, 49, was groomed to lead the conglomerate that was founded by his grandfather and became such a dominating force in South Korea that it's mockingly called "Republic of Samsung" by the public.
South Korean court sentences Samsung heir to 5 years prison
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court sentenced the billionaire chief of Samsung to five years in prison for crimes that helped topple the country's president, a stunning downfall that could freeze up decision making at a global electronics powerhouse long run like a monarchy.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Thursday sentenced the former presidential chief of staff and the former culture minister to prison for blacklisting thousands of artists and denying them state support because they were believed to be unfriendly to ousted President Park Geun-hye.
They are the latest convictions in the corruption scandal surrounding Park, who is jailed and being tried on bribery and other criminal charges.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Wednesday vowed to execute South Korea's former president and her spy director, accusing them of planning to assassinate its supreme leadership.
The official Korean Central News Agency said North Korea will impose a "death penalty" on ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye and former spy chief Lee Byoung Ho, and they could receive a "miserable dog's death any time, at any place and by whatever methods from this moment."
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Friday sentenced a longtime friend of ousted President Park Geun-hye to three years in prison for using her presidential ties to unlawfully get her daughter into a prestigious Seoul university.
The Seoul Central District Court said Choi Soon-sil "committed so many illegal activities" as she pressured Ewha Womans University to grant admission and then provide academic favors to her daughter despite Chung Yoo-ra's questionable qualifications.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will welcome the president of South Korea to the White House in late June.
The White House said in a statement Tuesday that Trump will host President Moon Jae-in for two days of meetings beginning June 29.
The White House says Trump and Moon "will also coordinate on North Korea-related issues, including countering the growing North Korean nuclear and missile threats."
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior South Korean defense official was suspended Monday for deliberately failing to report to new liberal President Moon Jae-in the arrival of several more launchers for a contentious U.S. missile defense system, Moon's office said.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — She is probably the most loathed 20-year-old in South Korea, the privileged daughter of the woman at the center of a corruption scandal that brought down a president.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean woman extradited from Denmark arrived in Seoul on Wednesday to face questions about the massive corruption scandal centered on her mother and the country's ousted president.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A South Korean woman wanted for questioning in connection with a major corruption probe in her home country was extradited Tuesday, Danish authorities said.
Denmark's top prosecution authority says Chung Yoo-ra, who dropped her opposition to extradition, left with officials from South Korea's justice department.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea will allow a civic group to contact North Korea over help in fighting malaria, the first government approval on cross-border civilian exchanges since North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January 2016, officials said Friday.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A steely gaze from one woman. A slight, apologetic bow from another. On the first day of the biggest trial in South Korea in years, two small gestures reflect the state of a friendship that toppled a president.
Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was a study in determination as she strode into a packed Seoul courtroom Tuesday to begin a trial that could send her to prison for life if convicted on the most serious charges.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former President Park Geun-hye denied corruption charges Tuesday at the start of a criminal trial that could potentially send South Korea's first female leader to prison for life.
Police had earlier escorted Park, in handcuffs, into court for her first public appearance since she was jailed on March 31 for corruption allegations that led to her removal from office.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Handcuffed and her inmate number put on her clothing, South Korea's disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye was brought to a Seoul court on Tuesday to stand trial on a slew of corruption charges that have already led to her ouster from office and arrest.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the bribery trial of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye (all times local):
Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye has left a Seoul court after the start of her trial for bribery and other corruption charges.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former President Park Geun-hye stared straight ahead and denied that she engaged in bribery and leaking government secrets at Tuesday's start of the criminal trial that could send South Korea's first female leader to prison for life if she is convicted.
Police escorted Park, in handcuffs with her eyes downcast, into court for her first public appearance since she was jailed on March 31 based on the corruption allegations that also led to her removal from office.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Handcuffed, her inmate number 503 attached to her clothing, former South Korean President Park Geun-hye begins her corruption trial Tuesday in the same courtroom where a brutal dictator was sentenced to death two decades ago.
Once the most powerful person in the country, Park will now face judgment over charges of extortion, bribery and abuse of power that could send her to jail for life.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's new liberal president vowed Thursday to reopen an investigation into the government's role in the violent suppression of a 1980 democratic uprising in the city of Gwangju that killed hundreds, as he further distanced himself from his ousted conservative predecessor.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's new president has named a long-time shareholder rights advocate to lead the country's antitrust regulator.
The government announced Wednesday the appointment of Kim Sang-jo, an economist who has advocated for shareholder rights and reforming chaebol, the family-controlled big businesses that dominate South Korea.
The appointment is in keeping with President Moon Jae-in's pledges to reform the chaebol.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — DNA testing on a bone found in waters where a sunken ferry was recently raised has identified one of the nine missing passengers from the 2014 disaster that killed more than 300 people, South Korean officials said Wednesday.
Testing confirmed that the bone found May 5 was from the remains of teacher Koh Chang-seok, said the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries. Most of the victims were students on a high school trip.