Lee to ap­peal jail term:

Arab Times - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

Former South Korean pres­i­dent Lee Myung­bak will ap­peal a court ver­dict that last week sen­tenced him to 15 years in pri­son for cor­rup­tion, his lawyer said Fri­day.

Lee was found guilty of bribery and em­bez­zle­ment charges - be­com­ing the lat­est of the coun­try’s former lead­ers to be jailed af­ter leav­ing of­fice.

The con­ser­va­tive politi­cian, who helmed Hyundai Con­struc­tion be­fore his elec­tion to the pres­i­dency, was sep­a­rately or­dered to pay a fine of 13 bil­lion won ($11.5 mil­lion) by the Seoul Cen­tral District Court.

The court found that Lee, 76, was the de-facto owner of DAS - a con­tro­ver­sial auto parts com­pany which he claimed be­longed to his brother which he used to cre­ate a slush fund worth around 24 bil­lion won.

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