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Court to rule on ex-South Korean leader's jailed confidante

AP  |  Seoul 

A is set to deliver a verdict in the case of a woman at the center of an influence-peddling scandal that triggered the country's first presidential and the conviction of an heir to the empire.

The says it will issue a verdict today. Choi Soon-sil, a confidante of former Park Geun-hye, was tried on abuse of power and eight other charges.

The daughter of a religious cult leader, she was largely unknown until a series of revelations in late 2016 disclosed how she allegedly pulled government strings from the shadows.

The revelations implicated Park and top business leaders including heir Lee Jae-yong, and set a political upheaval in motion.

Prosecutors have requested a 25-year sentence for Choi.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 09:30 IST
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