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Ex-South Korea leader Park Geun-hye gets 25-year term

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Source: AAP

Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye has been given a 25-year jail term over a corruption scandal that toppled her from power in early 2017.

A South Korean appeals court has sentenced former President Park Geun-hye to 25 years in jail, the Yonhap news agency reports, in a case arising from a corruption scandal that toppled her from power in early 2017.

The Seoul High Court found Park guilty of charges including bribery, Yonhap reported.

A lower court jailed Park for 24 years in April, saying she colluded with her friend, Choi Soon-sil, to receive tens of billions of won from major conglomerates such as Samsung and Lotte to help Choi's family and fund non-profit foundations owned by her.

Prosecutors had appealed against that ruling, seeking a tougher sentence.

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