Appellate Court Upholds Choi Soon-sil's 1st Jail Sentence

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Choi Soon-sil

An appeals court on Tuesday sentenced ex-president Park Geun-hye's confidante Choi Soon-sil to three years in jail on charges of abusing her close ties to Park to solicit academic favors for her daughter.

The ruling only upholds a lower court decision on one of many criminal charges she still faces alongside her old crony.

Choi Kyung-hee, the former Ewha Womans University president who arranged the favors, was sentenced to two years behind bars, while sentences for other university officials implicated in the scandal were also upheld.

The court said the defendants "ignored the law and proper procedure... as well as betraying trust in fairness and justice in society."

The judge chastised Choi for teaching her daughter, Chung Yoo-ra, "the logic of power as opposed to principles and rules" and lambasted the rest for "telling students to be fair and just while succumbing easily to illegalities and expediency themselves."

The university eagerly arranged special admissions criteria for Choi's daughter, an academic lightweight who had managed to miss most of her final year in high school.

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