A former South Korean prime minister will be sent to prison after the country’s top court upheld her bribery conviction, court officials said Thursday.
The Supreme Court said it had rejected the appeal by Han Myung-sook, who was sentenced to two years in prison for taking kickbacks from a businessman in a 2013 ruling by the Seoul High Court.
Han has avoided jail since 2013 while she appealed the prison sentence.
Supreme Court officials said their ruling is final and Han cannot appeal again.
Han has denied her charges, saying investigations into the case were politically motivated.
She served as South Korea’s first female prime minister in 2006 and 2007 under late former President Roh Moo-hyun.
The prime minister is South Korea’s No. 2 job but is largely a ceremonial position in South Korea, where power is concentrated in the presidency, although the prime minister leads the country if the president becomes incapacitated.