A South Korean court has sentenced disgraced former president Park Geun-hye to 24 years in prison over a corruption scandal.
The verdict came as a Seoul Central District Court judge read a lengthy statement Friday.
Park had been held at a detention center near Seoul since her arrest in March 2017, but she refused to attend Fridays court session citing sickness.
Park was removed from office early last year following months of massive rallies that saw millions take to the nations streets calling for her ouster.
Former South Korean president is daughter of late dictator Park Chung-hee, who ruled South Korea from 1961-1979.