Ex-S.Korean president Park's 20-year term upheld

A 20-year prison term for former South Korean President Park Geun-hye for bribery and other crimes has been finalized.

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed an appeal by prosecutors and upheld the sentence handed down by the Seoul High Court in July last year.

Park was removed from office in 2017 after being impeached by lawmakers.

She was accused of taking large amounts of bribes from the Samsung Group, the country's largest conglomerate, the intelligence agency and others.

Park initially faced a prison term of 30 years before the Supreme Court repealed the rulings in 2019 and sent her cases back to the Seoul High Court.

The high court in July last year sentenced her to 20 years in prison and a fine of 18 billion won, or about 16 million dollars. The prosecutors had appealed that ruling.

Separately, Park already faces a finalized prison sentence for election law violations.

Park has been imprisoned for about three years and nine months, the longest period for a former president.

Some members of South Korea's ruling party say President Moon Jae-in should pardon Park ahead of the Seoul mayoral election scheduled for April. The election is seen as an important precursor to the 2022 presidential election.