SEOUL- A secret confidante of ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for corruption, abuse of power, bribery and meddling in state affairs.
Choi Soon-sil was at the heart of the massive scandal that brought down Ms Park, South Korea's first female president.
Delivering the verdict, judge Kim Se-yoon of Seoul Central District Court, said Choi accepted a total of 14 billion won ($13 million) from telecommunications giant Samsung and retail conglomerate Lotte.
“The guilt of the accused is heavy,” he added, and she had shown no repentance.
Choi has also been fined 18bn Korean won ($16.6m; £12m).