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Sport South Korea: ex-President Lee definitively sentenced to 17 years in prison

13:00  29 october  2020
13:00  29 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was ordered back to prison Thursday as the country's Supreme Court upheld a 17 - year Lee was first convicted of embezzlement and accepting bribes in late 2018 and jailed. An appeals court later increased his sentence to 17 years but granted

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  Corée du Sud: l'ex-président Lee définitivement condamné à 17 ans de prison © Supplied by Le Point

The South Korean Supreme Court, the country's highest court, confirmed Thursday the conviction for corruption at 17 years of imprisonment of former president Lee Myung-bak , 78 years old.

In power from 2008 to 2013, the conservative leader was released on bail pending this decision and was not present at the Supreme Court. South Korean media reported that the police came to his home to take him away.

Mr. Lee , who no longer has any possible legal remedy, risks ending his days behind bars, unless he benefits from a presidential pardon.

In South Korea , heads of state often find themselves in prison once they have left power, very often following a political alternation. The four ex-presidents still alive were all condemned.

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SEOUL, South Korea — Lee Myung-bak, a former president of South Korea , was sentenced on Friday to 15 years in prison for bribery and embezzlement His successor, Park Geun-hye, who was impeached and ousted on charges of corruption and abuse of power, was sentenced to 25 years in

Mr. Lee was convicted of corruption in 2018 by the Seoul Central District Court, which sentenced him to 15 years in prison and fined him 13 billion won (10 million euros).

In February, his sentence was increased on appeal to 17 years in prison, but he remained free while waiting for the highest court to rule.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld the conviction, ruling that the former president had embezzled 25.2 billion won, and received 9.4 billion won in bribes.

"There was no legal error in the conviction of the Court of Appeal for acts of corruption and embezzlement," the Supreme Court said in a statement.

The ex-president, who arrived in politics after a long career at Hyundai , was notably found guilty of receiving bribes from the Samsung group to grant his presidential pardon to the ex -President of South Korean giant Lee Kun-hee, who had been convicted of tax evasion. Lee Kun-hee passed away on Sunday.

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Lee Myung-bak is the fourth former South Korean president to be jailed with his successor Park Geun-hye imprisoned earlier due to a massive corruption scandal.

Subscribe to our channel! rupt.ly/subscribe Seoul’s Central District Court sentenced former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to 15 years in jail over

Former president Lee Myung-bak said he was "appalled" by these accusations, saying that he had granted his pardon to the boss of Samsung, then a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), so that he could lead the battle to win the 2018 Winter Olympics. Samsung also denied the charges.

The ex-president was also credited with being the true owner of DAS, an auto parts company he claimed was owned by his brother, through which he allegedly embezzled tens of billions of won.

Park Geun-hye, the president who succeeded Mr Lee and was impeached in 2017 in a resounding corruption scandal, is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence.

Mr. Lee's predecessor, liberal Roh Moo-hyun committed suicide in 2009 after being questioned on suspicion of corruption involving his family, as part of an investigation under Mr. Lee's chairmanship.

Mr. Roh was the mentor of current President Moon Jae-in.

29/10/2020 08:50:25 - Seoul (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

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