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Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye given 24yrs in jail over corruption

10 Jul, 2020

South Korean ex-president Park Geun-hye gets reduced 20-year jail sentence in corruption trial

Former South Korean president jailed for 15 years for corruption

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Lee Myung-bak becomes fourth former leader to be convicted of bribery

Lee Myung-bak arrives at the prosecutor’s office for questioning in March.
Lee Myung-bak arrives at the prosecutor’s office for questioning in March. Photograph: Jeon Heon-kyun/EPA

The former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, becoming the country’s fourth ex-leader convicted of corruption.

He was also fined 13bn won (£8.8m) after Seoul Central district court found him guilty of bribery and embezzlement.

Lee served as president from 2008-13 and his conviction follows the jailing in April of his successor, Park Geun-hye, dealing a serious blow to conservatives in South Korea. Park is serving a 33-year sentence for corruption and was forced from office amid large-scale protest