An appeals court has reduced Lee Jae Yong's sentence for bribery, one year into his five-year sentence.
South Korea's former president was sentenced to eight more years over abusing state funds, meaning she now faces a total 32 years in prison. The latest case involved illegal payments from the country's spy agency.
An appeal court has freed but not exonerated Lee Jae-yong after he was convicted of bribery involving an ex-president. The ruling said the "main players in this scandal" had been the president and her confidant.
The verdict against Choi Soon-sil sets the stage for a longer jail term for Park, who is facing similar charges in a separate trial. The court also ordered immediate arrest of Lotte group boss Shin Dong-bin.
During the construction of Camp Humphreys, the largest US military base on foreign soil, a South Korean conglomerate is reported to have paid nearly $3 million in bribes in order to gain lucrative contracts.
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