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The court also fined Park $16.9 million for her role in the corruption scandal that ended her presidency.
Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee, who denied wrongdoing, has been in detention since February.
South Korea has overwhelmingly elected Moon Jae-in to be the country’s next president. But the liberal is seeking to improve relations with North Korea, which could put the country at odds with its American allies.
The election is being closely watched at a time of high tensions with North Korea.
Eunjung Lim, Johns Hopkins University On May 9, South Koreans will vote for their next president. Whoever wins the election
She was also charged with abuse of power and coercion.
Park Guen-hye was removed from office in march over bribery allegations.
Ex-South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been arrested.
“The case is very grave as the suspect has demonstrated acts of abuse of power," the prosecutors' office says.
Park Geun-hye was dismissed last Friday over a corruption scandal.