Yoon Seok-yeol: I am glad that Park Geun-hye has recovered and moved into her private home in Daegu

2022-05-03 0 By

Park Geun-hye’s home in Daegu.When Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was discharged from hospital, President-elect Yoon Seok-yeol, who sent her to prison, made a high-profile gesture of friendship.Park Geun-hye returned to Daegu, her political hometown, after being discharged from Samsung Medical Center on Thursday morning, making her first public appearance in five years.Yoon said on the same day that he plans to visit Park in the near future, saying, “I am glad that Park has recovered and moved into her private home in Daegu.”Mr Yoon said he would start making local visits next week and would either stop by to meet Ms Park.When asked whether he would invite Park geun-hye to the presidential inauguration scheduled for May 10, Yoon said, “Former presidents should be invited to the event.”In 2016, yoon Seok-yeol, then head of the special prosecution team, arrested Park Geun-hye, Choi Soon-sil and Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong.Yoon also led a corruption investigation into another former president, Lee Myung-bak, that sent him to prison.Media reported that he was promoted to the prosecutor-general post after winning the trust of the presidential office cheong Wa Dae by actively clearing up deep-rooted evils.Yoon, however, has publicly said that he feels sorry for Park.During his presidential campaign in December last year, he attended a forum hosted by the Broadcasting Journalists Club and said, “I did what I had to do, but POLITICALLY and emotionally, I feel deeply sorry (for Park geun-hye).”The media pointed out that yoon s message of reconciliation to Park might help unite the conservative camp.But overreaching can also have the opposite effect, generating resentment in the middle.There are also many people who do not like Park geun-hye due to various scandals involving her close aides. On the day of her discharge from the hospital, an unknown person threw a bottle of soda at her home while she was addressing the public.Park geun-hye is currently the longest-serving former South Korean president.On March 31, 2017, South Korea’s Constitutional Court approved her arrest and she was detained at the Seoul Detention Center.Since then, Park has been sentenced to two years in prison for interfering in the National Assembly election, and 20 years in prison for her aides’ meddling in state affairs and receiving special campaign funds from the National Intelligence Service. The total prison term has been 22 years.Without amnesty and parole, she would have been released in 2039 at the age of 87.But on December 24 last year, the South Korean government announced its decision to pardon Park geun-hye after four years and nine months in prison.Since then, due to illness, has been receiving treatment in hospital.Editor: Su Zhan Editor in charge: Fan Jing