December 23, 1996 |
Former presidents Roh Tae Woo and Chun Doo Hwan will not make a final appeal to the Supreme Court against their convictions for mutiny, treason and bribery, Roh's lawyer said. "We won't appeal. President Roh doesn't want to cause any more worries to the public over this incident," Han Young Suk said. He added that Chun also will not appeal further.
December 16, 1996 |
A South Korean appeals court today overturned the death sentence of disgraced former President Chun Doo Hwan and slashed five years from the sentence of his childhood friend and successor, Roh Tae Woo. Chun's sentence was reduced from death to life in prison, and Roh's from 22 1/2 years to 17 years in prison, according to South Korean state TV.
November 14, 1996 |
Forced to appear in court, a former president claimed immunity today and refused to testify against his two successors. Choi Kyu Hah, a figurehead leader for eight months in 1979-80, was ordered to testify in the appeals trial of Chun Doo Hwan and Roh Tae Woo, former presidents convicted of mutiny and treason in August. Chun was sentenced to death and Roh to 22 1/2 years in prison. Choi took the witness stand but refused to take an oath despite a court warning.
August 28, 1996 |
One of the intriguing questions after the sentencing of former South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan to death and of his successor, Roh Tae Woo, to a long term in prison was how China's official media would treat the story, given the obvious parallels between the Korean case and the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident.
August 27, 1996 |
Four South Korean tycoons, including the chairman of the colossal Daewoo Group, drew prison sentences of up to 2 1/2 years for bribing former President Roh Tae Woo, while the heads of five other conglomerates received suspended sentences in a harsh finale Monday to this nation's massive corruption trials. The sentences rocked the business community here because the industrial barons had been seen as far too crucial to South Korea's economic juggernaut to be allowed to languish in jail.
August 26, 1996 |
Former South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan was sentenced to death today, and former President Roh Tae Woo was given more than 22 years in prison, for seizing power in a 1979 mutiny. In an emotional conclusion to South Korea's "trial of the century," a three-judge panel also confiscated war chests worth about $631 million illegally amassed by Chun and Roh during their dictatorships.