"He was guilty of fabrication," the Seoul court said in a verdict in the trial that stretched more than three years and included painstaking details about the scientific work Hwang and his team had performed at Seoul National University.
The court also said that Hwang illegally diverted a portion of the money he received for research for his personal use.
"But he has shown he has truly repented for his crime," the court said in its verdict. Hwang's supporters, who have packed the court for each hearing, broke into applause when the court sentenced Hwang to two years in jail, suspended for three years.
Prosecutors had sought a 4-year term, but if Hwang stays out of trouble for the next 3 years he won't serve jail time, says The Scientist.