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South Korea’s former President Park Geun-hye has been sentenced to 24 years in jail after she was found guilty of abuse of power and coercion.

The verdict was broadcast live and represents the culmination of a scandal which rocked the country, fuelling rage against political and business elites.

Park, who was also fined 18bn won faced a string of corruption charges.

The former leader was not in court today for the verdict.

She has boycotted her trial hearings and has previously accused the courts of being biased against her.

She has also denied all wrongdoing.

The move by the authorities to allow today’s verdict to be broadcast live was unprecedented, but they cited extraordinary public interest in the case.

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