In a major verdict, the former South Korean president Park Geun-hye was convicted of charges including illegally receiving funds from the country’s spy agency.
She has now been awarded eight more years in prison besides of her current term.
It need be recalled that Park is the South Korea’s first female president and was impeached last year after huge street protests over a sprawling scandal.
She was subsequently jailed for 24 years for corruption and abuse of power in April.
She had incidentally refused to attend the Seoul Central District Court.
The Seoul Central District Court gave Park six years for taking 3.3 billion won (USD 2.9 million) from the spy agency.
It also awarded the former leader two years for the electoral offence.
The penalties apply consecutively, meaning the 66-year-old now faces a total of 32 years in prison.
Three former NIS chiefs testified they had funnelled the funds to Park on her orders, the court said.>