Ex-President Park says she didn’t do anything “ugly” for personal gain

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Ex-President Park says she didn’t do anything “ugly” for personal gain

Former deposed president Park Geun-hye defended herself in a series of letters written after her imprisonment for corruption in 2017, saying she had never done anything so ‘ugly’ as abusing her office to help others for personal gain.Park published the letters in a book called “Not everyone feels homesick,” which was published Thursday just hours before she was released under a presidential pardon.
Former President Park Geun-hye
Former President Park Geun-hye

The notes are her responses to missives she received from her supporters during her four years and nine months in prison following her impeachment, impeachment and conviction for corruption.“What I can say for sure is that I have never done anything as ugly as helping the interests of others with a personal motive in mind,” the 69-year-old former executive wrote. .Park has been accused of letting her close friend, Choi Soon-sil, run state affairs behind the scenes and colluding with her to extort money from big companies, including Samsung.Park denied the charges but was sentenced to 22 years in prison after months of nationwide candlelight rallies demanding her ouster.
Her letters made it clear that she was sticking to her claims of innocence and that there was no explicit expression of regret or apology for the trouble she had caused.
“Even if it takes time, the truth will be revealed for sure, and I think even a tangled ball of yarn will untangle thread by thread,” she wrote. “Even if something looks legitimate from the outside, if there is no justification for it in reality, we cannot call it the rule of law.”Park shared his thoughts on his trial and the many reports and rumors that circulated around the time of his impeachment, saying it was a time when “whatever I said, (people) closed their ears and their eyes.” .“I was very disappointed to see some media outlets irresponsibly disseminate false and unconfirmed information mainly on gossip and yet not once express remorse for their false information,” she wrote. , adding that she believes the news media will one day have to take responsibility for such “irresponsible reporting.”Park described his dismay at the prosecution issuing an additional arrest warrant against him in October 2017, saying the decision led to his refusal to attend future court proceedings.“The reason I endured the murderous court schedule four times a week despite the enormous humiliation was because of the lesser confidence I had in our justice system to determine right from wrong on the side of truth.” , she wrote.“When I saw the additional arrest warrant issued for reasons that made no sense, it occurred to me that it was a formality for a decision that had already been taken . “Park’s release has drawn attention to its potential impact on the March 9 presidential election amid speculation it could split the Tory vote between supporters of Tory candidate Yoon Suk-yeol of the main opposition People’s Party. Power Party and the detractors who accuse him of Park’s imprisonment.Yoon is a former prosecutor who played a key role in the investigation of the corruption scandal and was the head of the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office when the procuratorate issued the additional arrest warrant for Park.In the letters, Park broke her silence about her whereabouts during the first seven hours of a deadly ferry sinking in April 2014, while she was stationed.
Critics lambasted her for her apparent absence from duty at the time, saying many more lives could have been saved if she answered correctly.
“What happened the day the Sewol sank was so shocking that it’s very hard for me to remember now,” she wrote, referring to the name of the ferry. “I was not feeling well that day and was briefed (on the sinking) at the official residence.”“Regarding the situation at the time of the Sewol sinking, there were bizarre rumors about me and malicious slander, but I believed in the power of truth and kept silent,” she said. for follow-up. “I didn’t try to hide anything, and there was no reason to. After a lot of time passes, I think it will become clear what the truth is.”Park is a daughter of authoritarian former President Park Chung-hee, and in her letters she spoke of her longing for her parents, who were both murdered.“I miss my dad more over time,” she wrote. “In a month, it’s the anniversary of my father’s death, but again, I don’t think I’ll be able to visit his grave.”She wrote that although there was a time when she envied an “ordinary life”, she later decided to live her life in service to her country and to her people.“The judicial judgment against me will eventually end, but then a different and new journey will begin,” she wrote.

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