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Friend of former South Korea leader jailed for 20 years
February 13 2018 10:46 AM
Choi Soon-sil (C), the woman at the centre of the South Korean political scandal and long-time frien
This file photo taken on January 16, 2017 shows Choi Soon-sil (C), the woman at the centre of the South Korean political scandal and long-time friend of President Park Geun-hye, arriving for hearing arguments for South Korean President Park Geun-hye's impeachment trial at the Constitutional Court in Seoul

Reuters/Seoul

The friend of former South Korean leader Park Geun-hye who was at the centre of an influence-peddling scandal that rocked the country's business and political elite has been sentenced to 20 years in jail, a Seoul court said on Tuesday.

Prosecutors had demanded a 25-year jail term for Choi Soon-sil on charges including coercion, bribery, influence-peddling and abuse of authority for using her links to the former president for personal gain.
The Seoul Central District Court also ruled on Tuesday that Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin, charged with bribery, was guilty and sentenced him to two years and six months in jail. The court ordered his immediate arrest.
Park was dismissed from the presidency last March after being impeached and is in jail. She is on trial on charges of bribery, abuse of power and coercion. She has denied any wrongdoing. 



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