Former South Korean President sent to 24 years in jail

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Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, has been found guilty of abuse of power and bribery and jailed for 24 years, with a fine of 18 billion won (17 million U.S. dollars) for corruption.

The Seoul Central District Court found Park guilty of bribery over a scandal that exposed webs of corruption between political leaders and the country’s conglomerates.

Park, faced a total of 18 charges. The court ruled that Park colluded with her old friend, Choi Soon-sil, to receive tens of billions of won from major conglomerates such as Samsung and Lotte to help Choi’s family and fund non-profit foundations owned by her.

Park, has denied wrongdoing and absent in court.

Prosecutors initially sought a 30-year sentence and a 118.5 billion won ($112 million), after indicting her on charges that included bribery, abuse of power and coercion.

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