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Court sentenced 20-year imprisonment on ex-president Park's friend

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Court sentenced 20-year imprisonment on ex-president Park's friend

 

The Seoul Central District Court on the 13th, Tuesday, sentenced Choi Soon Sil, an old friend of former President Park Geun Hye to 20 years in prison for a string of corruption charges linked to a massive influence-peddling scandal that removed Park from office early last year. It ordered her to pay a fine of 18 billion won.

 

Choi was indicted in November 2016 on 18 counts of corruption, including abuse of power, coercion and bribery.

 

Choi, 62, has been under presentencing detention for forcing 50 business conglomerates to pay a combined 77.4 billion won to two nonprofit foundations she allegedly controlled. She is also accused of meddling in various state affairs, even though she held no official position or authority in the Park government.

 

Special Counsel Park Young Soo and state prosecutors have demanded 25 years in prison for Choi, with a fine of 118.2 billion won and forfeiture of 7.7 billion won.

 

The court also sentenced Lotte Chairman Shin Dong Bin to 2 and a half years in jail for bribery. He was accused of giving 7 billion won to Choi's foundations in return for favor regarding Lotte's duty free business. Shin was immediately taken into custody following the court ruling, and ordered to forfeit the same amount he offered to Choi.

 

An Chong Bum, Park's senior presidential secretary for policy coordination, was given a 6-year jail term and ordered to pay 100 million won in fine for bribe-receiving and involvement in Choi's influence peddling.

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