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Lee Myung-bak granted bail in bribery case
    2019-03-07  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

FORMER South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was released from detention yesterday after a court approved 1 billion won (US$885,000) bail nearly a year after his arrest and during the ongoing appeal of his corruption conviction and sentence.

An official from the Seoul High Court said Lee was permitted to return home after he accepted strict monitoring conditions that resemble house arrest, including a ban on meeting or communicating with people beyond direct family members and lawyers. The official didn’t want to be named, citing office rules.

Dressed in a black jacket and tie-less shirt, Lee was escorted out of the detention center and driven in a black sedan to his southern Seoul home that was surrounded by lines of police officers.

Lee, 77, has denied the accusations against him and appealed to the High Court after a lower court convicted him of bribery, embezzlement and tax evasion and sentenced him to 15 years in prison in October.

Lee’s conservative successor, Park Geun-hye, is also serving a lengthy prison term over a separate corruption scandal for which she was removed from office in 2017 following months of huge anti-government rallies. She has not requested bail.

Lee’s lawyers had called for his release, citing his age and what they described as deteriorating health. The judge didn’t acknowledge the health concerns but signed off on his release because it was unlikely that a verdict would be reached until his arrest warrant expires next month, the court official said.

She said the strict bail conditions would reduce the possibility of Lee tampering or destroying evidence while free.

Still, the court’s decision drew criticism from the ruling liberal party, which said in a statement that Lee’s release caused “huge disappointment” for South Koreans. (SD-Agencies)

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