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Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye given 24-year jail term

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Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye given 24-year jail term

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Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been given a 24-year jail sentence after a court ruled that she is guilty of corruption.

Park was forced out of office last year following accusations she made conglomerates pay €59 million into private slush funds run by a friend.

The daughter of the country's former military dictator — who has been in jail for more than a year — denied the charges bribery, abuse of power and coercion. The scandal exposed webs of corruption between political leaders and the countries conglomerates.