South Korean prosecutor permits temporary release of former president

Seoul, South Korea-South Korean prosecutors sentenced former President Lee Myung-bak to three months’ imprisonment on Tuesday for health concerns after serving less than three years in prison for corruption.

Lee, 80, could be sent back to jail at the end of the period, except for further health problems, but before that, put him behind the bar recently.

The Associated Press said in a statement from the Associated Press that the Commission had decided to suspend execution of Lee’s decision for three months after acknowledging the risk of a “significant deterioration” in his health. The office did not elaborate on Lee’s health, which demanded a suspension of the decision earlier this month.

Lee was sent to jail after the Supreme Court’s decision was finalized in October 2020, but he is regularly receiving out-of-hospital treatment for various health problems such as diabetes.

Lee did not immediately make a statement regarding his temporary release. He is reportedly being treated at Seoul National University Hospital, citing privacy rules and not commenting on his health problems.

Earlier this month, Yun said it was inappropriate to keep Lee in prison for “20 years,” citing the case of the former president, who was released early after being convicted, to inaccurate his sentence. explained. It is speculated that Lee may be subject to a presidential amnesty before the August 15 holiday, which celebrates South Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule at the end of World War II. ..

Han Sang-hee, a professor of law at Konkuk University in Seoul, said, “If the Yun administration is considering the amnesty of Mr. Lee, it will be much less burdensome than allowing parole, and a temporary suspension of judgment is the most convenient politics. It will be a system. “

A conservative hero who turned to CEO before losing grace, Lee received bribes from large corporations, including Samsung, embezzled funds from his own company, and before taking office from 2008 to 2013 and He was convicted of other corruption-related crimes during his presidency. ..

The Seoul District Court initially sentenced Lee to 15 years in prison in 2018. He was released on bail a few months later, but was detained in February 2020 after the Court of Appeals sentenced him to a 17-year term and revoked his bail.

Lee was released a few days after appealing for the cancellation of the bail, but was sent back to prison in October 2020 after the Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s ruling.

Former CEO Lee won the 2007 presidential election with a promise to revitalize the country’s economy. However, his five-year tenure was a global financial crisis, a large public protest against the resumption of US beef imports in fear of mad cow disease, and two attacks blaming North Korea. Was hurt by rival North Korea’s hostility, including. Korean in 2010.

Lee’s corruption case erupted after his conservative successor, Park Geun-hye, was dismissed from the presidency and imprisoned in 2017 for another corruption scandal that caused a major protest.

Park said in December last year a quarter of a 22-year sentence before former President Moon Jae-in granted an amnesty for health problems and the need to promote unity in a politically divided country. He served less than one.

Kim Dong-hyun

Associated Press