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South Korea's top court upholds former leader's 20-year prison sentence

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Park Geun-hye, former president of South Korea, (Left), is escorted by prison officer as she arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea on August 25, 2017. Samsungs de facto leader Jay Y. Lee will lean hia fate Friday in a trial that has gripped the nation for six months as part of a wider scandal involving former Park. Photo Credit: Lee Young-ho / POOL (Photo by Seung-il Ryu/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

South Korea's highest court has upheld former President Park Geun-hye's 20-year prison sentence for her 2018 bribery conviction, ending a corruption scandal that has gripped the country for years.

Seoul, South Korea (CNN)South Korea's highest court has upheld former President Park Geun-hye's 20-year prison sentence for her 2018 bribery conviction, ending a corruption scandal that has gripped the country for years.

Park was initially sentenced to 24 years in prison after she was found guilty on multiple counts of abuse of power, bribery and coercion.

Park's 2018 sentence was reduced to 20 years last July following a retrial.

Prosecutors appealed that sentence and requested a heavier penalty, but on Thursday, South Korea's Supreme Court upheld Park's 20-year jail term, according to a news release from the court.

The Supreme Court is South Korea's highest court, meaning that Thursday's decision is expected to be the end of Park's legal avenues to appeal her sentence.

The daughter of former dictator Park Chung-hee, Park Geun-hye became South Korea's first female President when she came to power in 2013.

In 2018, Park's confidant Choi was sentenced to 20 years in jail on 18 charges including abuse of power, coercion, fraud and bribe, and was fined $16. 6 million.

In 2017, Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong was found guilty of bribery and other corruption charges and sentenced to five years in prison.

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