South Korea first female prime minister released from jail

Vastavam web: South Korea’s first female prime minister was released from prison today after completing a two-year sentence for accepting illicit political funds.Han Myeong-Sook, now 73, was prime minister for a year from April 2006 under the liberal government of then-president Roh Moo-Hyun.She was the first woman to hold the post of prime minister in South Korea, and also the first former premier to be put behind bars.Han was convicted in 2015 of receiving 880 million won (then USD 760,000) from a businessman in illegal campaign funding for her eventually unsuccessful 2007 bid to secure her party’s presidential nomination.

Han has denied any wrongdoing and accused the then- conservative government of using state prosecutors to tarnish her reputation.There has been insufferable pain during the past two years but I have finally met a new world and I am grateful,” she was quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency.Several former presidents have been embroiled in corruption scandals in South Korea, where politics and big business have long been closely tied.