An­other Korean pres­i­dent con­victed for cor­rup­tion

The Guardian Weekly - - Global report -

The for­mer South Korean pres­i­dent Lee Myung-bak has been sen­tenced to 15 years in prison, be­com­ing the coun­try’s fourth ex-leader con­victed of cor­rup­tion.

He was also fined 13bn won ($11.4m) af­ter Seoul Cen­tral district court found him guilty of bribery and em­bez­zle­ment.

Lee served as pres­i­dent from 2008-13 and his con­vic­tion fol­lows the jail­ing in April of his suc­ces­sor, Park Geun-hye, deal­ing a se­ri­ous blow to con­ser­va­tives in South Korea. Park is serv­ing a 33-year sen­tence for cor­rup­tion and was forced from of­fice by protests.

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