February 13, 2018 19:50
The Seoul Central District Court on Tuesday sentenced ex-President Park Geun-hye's confidante Choi Soon-sil to 20 years in prison and fined her W18 billion for a string of crimes (US$1=W1,086).
Choi was found guilty of abusing her influence on the ex-president and colluding with Park to extort billions from conglomerates including Samsung and Lotte for private profit.
Lotte chairman Shin Dong-bin was also jailed for two-and-a-half years for bribing Park and Choi.
The court ruled that there had been a tacit request from Shin to win duty-free licenses from Park in exchange for W7 billion Lotte paid into Choi's bogus K-Sports Foundation.
Park, who became the first Korean president to be impeached over the scandal, is still on trial.
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