Lee Myung Backphoto: Chung Sung-Jun / Reuters
Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was sentenced to 15 years in prison on corruption charges. This reports the South China Morning Post.
The man was found guilty of bribery, embezzlement of budget funds and abuse of power. He was ordered to pay a fine of 13 billion won ($11.5 million).
The court considered proven the fact of receiving the former President a bribe of 6 billion won ($5.3 million) from Samsung. For this, Lee Myung-Bak pardoned the Chairman Whether it Gonchi, incarcerated for tax evasion.
Also, the ex-President called guilty of misappropriation of about 24 billion won (almost $ 22 million) from the income of the company DAS, which produces spare parts for cars. Lee Myung-Bak was recognized as the de facto head of the company, although the documents it is headed by his brother.
The charges Lee Myung-bak presented in 16 articles in April. “Despite the evidence and credible testimony, he denied all the offences and put the responsibility on others, claiming that it is trying to substitute, the judge said. — Considering all factors, severe punishment to the accused is inevitable”.
The trial was broadcast live. The former President did not attend because of health problems, as well as protesting against the broadcast. Lee 76 years old, in politics he came from the Board of Directors of the company Hyundai Construction.
South China Morning Post notes that all recent South Korean presidents have gone to prison after their terms. In April, Park Geun-Hye, who took the presidency after Lee Myung-bak, was also sent to jail on corruption charges. The court sentenced her to 24 years in prison and a fine of 118,5 billion won (about $ 95 million).
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