Former Cheong Wa Dae secretary Jeong Ho-seong has been sentenced to a year and six months in prison for passing state secrets to former president Park Geun-hye’s longtime confidante, Choi Soon-sil.
Jeong was indicted in November last year for passing 47 classified documents, including drafts of presidential speeches, to Choi at Park's orders.
Jeong admitted the charges but vehemently denied that he was acting at Park's orders and tried to shield his former boss until the end of the trial.
But the court accepted that Park and Jeong colluded to send the classified documents to Choi.
"It is obvious that the documents were sent to Choi to listen to her opinion, so the ex-president appears to have been fully aware of that," the court said.