Confidante of ousted S. Korean leader gets shorter jail term


Choi Soon-sil, the secret confidante of former South Korean president Park Geun-hye, played a central role in the corruption scandal that toppled the disgraced ex-leader. – EPA pic, February 14, 2020.

THE secret confidante of former South Korean president Park Geun-hye, who played a central role in the corruption scandal that toppled the disgraced ex-leader had her prison sentence cut by two years today in a retrial.

Choi Soon-sil – who became close to Park through her father, a shadowy religious figure – initially received a 20-year prison term in 2018 for using her presidential connections to force companies to donate to foundations she controlled, among other charges.


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