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South Korea pardons jailed ex-president Lee Myung-bak


SEOUL: Imprisoned the former president of Korea Lee Myung-bak The attorney general said he received a presidential pardon on Tuesday, shortening his 17-year prison sentence on corruption charges.
Lee was on the list of more than 1,300 special pardons “from the point of view of broad national unity through reconciliation, tolerance and consideration”, Han Dong-hoon told reporters after a Cabinet meeting with Mr. President. Yoon Suk Yeol.
Mr. Lee, 81, was temporarily released from prison in June due to his advanced age and declining health, and is serving a 17-year sentence for bribery and embezzlement.
It’s actually a life sentence as he won’t be released until 2036, when he’ll be 95.
the Old hyundai The CEO turned chairman was charged with 16 criminal charges in 2018 and convicted in 2020.
He was found guilty of creating a black fund of tens of millions of dollars and taking bribes from Samsung Electronics in exchange for a presidential pardon for its late president, Lee Kun-hee, who was jailed for tax evasion.
A self-made man, appointed director of a large construction company at the age of 35 before entering politics, Lee served as chairman from 2008 to 2013.
He steered the country through the global financial crisis and won the right to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, but was criticized by opponents for undermining the nation’s democratic standards and freedom of expression. family.
The pardon, which went into effect at midnight on Wednesday, marks the second time Yoon has exercised his clemency since taking office in May.
In August, Samsung Electronics executive chairman Lee Jae-yong was among Yoon’s first pardon recipients.
South Korean presidents often spend time in prison after their time in office, often when their political opponents have moved into the presidential Blue House.
Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo, former army generals who served time in prison in the 1990s for corruption and treason after leaving office, were pardoned by the president after serving about two years.
Former president Roh Moo-hyun committed suicide in 2009 after being questioned about bribery allegations involving his family.
Lee’s conservative successor, Park Geun-hye, was pardoned last year while she was serving a 20-year prison sentence for bribery and abuse of power after being ousted in 2017 over a corruption scandal. Corruption led to massive street protests.

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