S Korea jails friend of ex-president Park

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A South Korean court has sentenced Choi Soon-sil, an old friend of former president Park Geun-hye, to 20 years in jail for corruption, influence-peddling and abuse of power.

The controversy has fuelled discontent against the government, the political elite and family-run conglomerates which dominate South Korea's economy.

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South Korea: Ex-president Park Geun-hye's friend jailed for 20 years for corruption

A court in Seoul on Tuesday sentenced Choi Soon-sil, a confidante of former South Korean leader Park Geun-hye, to 20 years in jail after she was found guilty of abuse of power and receiving bribes from South Korean conglomerates, including Samsung and the Lotte Group.

Choi, who is known to have wielded considerable influence in the government even though she held no official position, was accused of collaborating with Park, who is facing almost similar corruption charges in a separate trial.

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