President Park pardons 6，500， including 14 business leaders， ahead of Liberation, Our top story this afternoon…
President Park Geun－hye has granted special pardons to more than 65－hundred people， including 14 business leaders.
SK Group Chairman Chey Tae－won ， who is serving out a four－year sentence for embezzlement， is the only conglomerate head to make the cut.
Neither Hanhwa Group Chairman Kim Seung－youn nor LIG Nex1 Vice Chairman Koo Bon－sang were on the list， contrary to expectations.
No politicians serving prison terms were pardoned.
At a Cabinet meeting today， President Park said she decided to grant the pardons for national cohesion， economic revival and to boost morale ahead of the 70th anniversary of Korea′s liberation from Japanese colonial rule on Saturday.
She said the amnesty will give ordinary citizens and small business owners a chance at a comeback.
By pardoning business leaders in the construction and software industries， the president said she expects the amnesty to help with efforts to revitalize the economy and create jobs.,