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S Korea: Choi Soon-sil jailed 20 years for corruption

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    The friend of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been sentenced to 20 years in prison over corruption. 

    Choi Soon-sil was convicted of bribing South Korean conglomerates including Samsung, in a scandal that triggered chaos among the country’s political and business elite.  

    She was also fined $16.6m. 

    Choi is the confidante of Park, who was dismissed from the presidency last year after being impeached over a corruption scandal that paralysed her administration and triggered massive street protests. Park denies any wrongdoing. 

    Prosecutors had demanded a 25-year sentence for Choi, who they said used her relationship with Park for personal gain. 

    View the original article: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/korea-choi-sil-jailed-20-years-corruption-180213080359757.html

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