South Korea court grants bail for ex-president Lee

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- AGENCIES, SEOUL

Mar 7, 2019-

Jailed former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was granted bail on Wednesday, nearly a year after he was arrested over corruption charges. The CEO-turned president, who served from 2008 to 2013, was found guilty on charges including bribery and embezzlement and sentenced to 15 years in prison last October. Lee appealed the decision and in January made a request for bail, citing old age and potential health complications from diabetes and sleep apnea. The Seoul High Court approved his request for bail on Wednesday but said its decision was based on legal restrictions around detaining Lee during the ongoing appeals process, rather than his ill health. Lee’s arrest warrant expires on April 8 and raises the risk of Lee tampering with evidence during an ongoing appeals trial, the court said, adding it decided to put him under “home confinement with strict conditions”.

Published: 07-03-2019 11:39

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