Three South Korean actresses have been handed suspended jail terms for abusing propofol – a short-acting sedative and anaesthetic blamed in the death of Michael Jackson, a court official said Tuesday. Park Si-yeon, Lee Seung-yeon and Jang Mi-in-ae were charged in March with taking the prescription drug for non-medical purposes. Watch: South Korean actresses Jang Mi-in-ae at a film release All three were found guilty by the Seoul Central District Court yesterday and received eight-month prison terms, suspended for two years, the court spokesman said. 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 anesthesia, such as a gastrointestinal endoscopy. Park, a top actress who has appeared in many television shows and movies, received the so-called “milk shot” containing the creamy-coloured propofol 185 times from February 2011 to last December. As well as the suspended prison term, she was fined 3.7 million won (HK$27,000). Video: South Korean actress, Park Si-yeon, on Korean TV Lee, a prominent actress and a TV talk show host, received 111 injections during the same period, and fellow actress Jang took 95 shots in 2011 and last year. The two also received fines of 4 million won and 5.5 million won, respectively. All three had pleaded not guilty, arguing they had received the injections for dermatological and plastic surgery treatments or to relieve pain caused by illness and gruelling work schedules. It is not known whether they would appeal. Another top entertainer, Hyun Young, who had been charged with the trio in March, was given a 5 million won fine at the time and avoided a trial. Two doctors who had been accused of prescribing the drug to the actresses were also handed suspended jail terms, community service and fines. In 2011, Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray was jailed for four years after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson propofol nightly for some two months before his death, and on the day he died on June 25, 2009.