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

SEOUL, Feb 13: A South Korean court 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 impeachment and the conviction of an heir to the Samsung empire.
The Seoul Central District Court says it will issue a verdict today. Choi Soon-sil, a confidante of former President 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 Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong, and set a political upheaval in motion.
Prosecutors have requested a 25-year sentence for Choi. (AP)