South Korea's top court upholds former leader Park Geun-hye's 20-year prison sentence

Park Geun-hye, former president of South Korea, is escorted by a prison officer as she arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea on August 25, 2017.

Seoul, South Korea (CNN)South Korea's highest court has upheld former President Park Geun-hye's 20-year prison sentence for her 2018 bribery conviction, ending a corruption scandal that has gripped the country for years.

Park was initially sentenced to 24 years in prison after she was found guilty on multiple counts of abuse of power, bribery and coercion. Those charges related to a massive influence-peddling case that prompted widespread protests, implicated some of the country's most powerful figures and saw her removed from office in 2017.
Park's 2018 sentence was reduced to 2