Pardon the convicted former South Korean president

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Current President Yoon pardoned former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak due to ill health.

Businessman Lee, who headed several companies of the Hyundai Group, was elected president in 2008. This was the first time that South Korea had elected a business leader. Lee, who previously served as mayor of the capital, Seoul, stayed on until 2013.

Millions in bribes

Five years later, he was sentenced to 17 years in prison on charges of corruption, embezzlement and bribery. He had taken bribes from major corporations, including Samsung, and embezzled money from one of his companies. He made millions doing this.

Lee, 81, has been ill for a long time. The prison sentence was interrupted several times to receive medical treatment. He has not been in jail since June. The pardon means that he does not have to serve the remaining 15 years of his sentence.

Lee was the fourth former South Korean president to go to jail. He also welcomed his successor, Park Geun Hye, in 2018 Long prison sentence. She received it in December last year grace.

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