http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/13/c_136972708.htm S.Korean court sentences ousted president's friend to 20 years in prison Source: Xinhua 2018-02-13 15:45:45 [Editor: huaxia] SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- A South Korean court on Tuesday sentenced Choi Soon-sil, a longtime friend of ousted President Park Geun-hye, to 20 years in prison for multiple charges including abuse of power and extortion. The Seoul Central District Court sentenced Choi, who is at the center of the influence-peddling scandal that led to the impeachment of former President Park, to a 20-year imprisonment, according to local media reports. The decades-long confidante of the impeached president was taken into custody in November 2016, and indicted in the same month for 18 counts of corruption. An Chong-bum, former senior secretary for Park, was sentenced to six years in jail as he was identified as accomplice to Choi and Park. Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin got a jail term of two and a half years for bribery. Shin was immediately put under custody in the courtroom.