Tuesday , March 31 2020

Ex-South Korean President jailed for 17 years over Corruption

Ex-South Korean President Lee Myung-bak

The Ex-South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was sentenced to 17 years in prison over bribery and embezzlement charges. He was jailed after his appeal was rejected.

Former President Lee Myung-bak was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 1 crore 11 lakh US $ fine in 2018, but he appealed the decision and was granted bail.

He has been found guilty of misappropriating millions of dollars.

In addition, he is also accused of taking bribes to pay presidential amnesty to technology company ‘Samsung‘ chairman Li Qin Hee, who is in jail for tax evasion.

During a hearing in the Central District Court in Seoul on Wednesday, the judge ruled, “The offender didn’t show any responsibility or seriousness over his wrongdoing, so he should be punished more severely.”

The court said, “The accused continued to lay the blame for his misconduct on government employees and employees of Samsung.”

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It should be noted that most of the presidents have been in jail since leaving office because of cases made by political opponents in South Korea.

Park Geun-hye, who became president after the Ex-South Korean president Lee Myung-bak, was also removed from office in 2017 after a nationwide protest over corruption allegations, and currently is in 32-year prison sentence for bribery and illicit abuse of powers.

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