Friend of ousted S. Korean president gets 3 years in prison

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2016, file photo, South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye is seated during the opening ceremony of the G-20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou, China. In a historic ruling Friday, March 10, 2017, South Korea's Constitutional Court formally removed impeached President Park Geun-hye from office over a corruption scandal that has plunged the country into political turmoil, worsened an already-serious national divide and led to calls for sweeping reforms.(Nicolas Asfouri/Pool Photo via AP, File)

 

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court has sentenced a longtime friend of ousted President Park Geun-hye to three years in prison for using her presidential ties to unlawfully get her daughter into a prestigious Seoul university.

The Seoul Central District Court on Friday said Choi Soon-sil “committed so many illegal activities” as she pressured Ewha Womans University to grant admission and then provide academic favors to her daughter despite Chung Yoo-ra’s questionable qualifications.

Choi is being tried separately over more serious charges, including allegations that she colluded with Park to take tens of millions of dollars from the country’s largest companies in bribes and through extortion.

Park was removed from office and charged over the corruption scandal in March.

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