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South Korea's Supreme Court has upheld a 20-year jail term for former President Park Geun-hye who was found guilty of abuse of power and coercion.

The ruling on Thursday upheld a reduced jail term given to Park in July after she was originally sentenced to serve a prison term of around 30 years.

Prosecutors had tried to appeal against that reduction.

Park, South Korea's first female president, was toppled from power in 2017 over a vast corruption scandal.

The court on Thursday also upheld her fine of 18bn won (£12m, $17m).

The former president was her country's first democratically elected leader to be forced from office due to graft in a fallout that also landed two conglomerate heads in prison.

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She was initially sentenced to around 30 years in jail and fined 20bn won, but a high court later reduced the fine and the term – to 15 years for corruption with another five for abuse of power.

Thursday's ruling by the country's top court is the final verdict in the case.