South Korea's Supreme Court also ordered a new trial for Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong, who was convicted of offences including bribery and embezzlement in connection with the scandal that brought down former president Park Geun-hye.
Park Geun-hye, the South’s first female president, was impeached last year after huge street protests over a sprawling scandal, and was jailed for 24 years for corruption and abuse of power in April.
The verdict comes a year after Park Geun-hye was driven from office and arrested over a corruption scandal that saw months of massive street rallies calling for her ouster.
Choi Soon-sil, the friend of disgraced former South Korean leader Park Geun-hye, was handed the sentence after being convicted of bribery in the first of a string of criminal cases against her.
Danish court orders extradition of Chung Yoo-Ra, daughter of Choi Soon-Silm - one of the figures in the major corruption scandal that led to removal of President Park Geun-Hye.
The South Korean parliament impeached President Park Geun-hye over her alleged role in a corruption and influence-peddling scandal. Protesters have taken to the streets, calling for her resignation.
Prosecutors sent two thousand audio recordings to the Constitutional Court seeking impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.
The mobile giant's vice chairman, Jay Y Lee, has been accused of bribing South Korean President Park Geun-Hye's close friend to secure a merger between two of the company's affiliates.
An investigation of Jay Y. Lee is underway in a case linked to impeached President Park Geun-hye.
Investigators are looking into whether the chairman of South Korea's pension fund used his position to support the merger of two Samsung Group affiliates while he was head of the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
President Park Geun-hye could become the country's first elected leader to be expelled from office.
The opposition parties say they will hold a parliamentary impeachment vote on President Park Geun-hye on December 9.
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