The friend of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been sentenced to 20 years in prison over corruption.
Choi Soon-sil was convicted of bribing South Korean conglomerates including Samsung, in a scandal that triggered chaos among the country’s political and business elite.
She was also fined $16.6m.
Choi is the confidante of Park, who was dismissed from the presidency last year after being impeached over a corruption scandal that paralysed her administration and triggered massive street protests. Park denies any wrongdoing.
Prosecutors had demanded a 25-year sentence for Choi, who they said used her relationship with Park for personal gain.