South Korea’s former president jailed 24 years for corruption

Court sacks South Korea’s president

South Korea’s former president Park Geun-Hye has been sentenced to 24 years in jail after she was found guilty of abuse of power and coercion.

The verdict was broadcast live and represents the culmination of a scandal which rocked the country, fuelling rage against political and business elites.

Ms Park, who was also fined $17m, faced a string of corruption charges..

Choi, who rose to power as an influential confidante of Ms Park, was convicted of corruption in February.

After a prolonged series of hearings and months of street protests calling for her resignation Ms Park was finally removed from office in March 2017.

She was arrested shortly afterwards, and has been in detention ever since.

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