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South Korean actresses convicted for abusing drug blamed in Michael Jackson's death

Published on Nov 26, 2013 7:31 PM

Seoul - Three South Korean actresses have been handed suspended jail terms for abusing propofol, a short-acting sedative and anaesthetic blamed in the death of United States pop icon Michael Jackson, a court official said yesterday.

Park Si Yeon, Lee Seung Yeon and Jang Mi In Ae were charged last March with taking the prescription drug for "non-medical purposes". All three were found guilty by the Seoul Central District Court on Monday and received eight-month prison terms - suspended for two years, the court spokesman told Agence France-Presse.

Propofol is a powerful sedative used as a general anaesthetic. It reduces anxiety and promotes relaxation but may cause a person to experience hallucinations.

South Korea classified the drug as a psychotropic medicine two years ago, making it illegal to prescribe or consume other than for stipulated treatments that may need anaesthesia, such as a gastro- intestinal endoscopy.

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