South Korea's former president handed 15 years behind bars for corruption

South Korea's former president handed 15 years behind bars for corruption

- South Korea's 4th former president, Lee Myung-bak, was given a prison sentence after he was found guilty of corruption

- The Seoul Central District Court sentenced Lee to 15 years behind bars as well as giving him a fine of about R161 million

- Lee was found guilty of embezzling more than R304 billion

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South Korea's former president, Lee Myung-bak, was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The former president is the latest in a long line of political leaders and businessmen who were involved in corrupt dealings.

Lee was president of South Korea for 5 years and is actually the 4th former president of the country to be sent to prison.

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Lee was accused of accepting more than R140 million illegally from his intelligence service and institutions like Samsung.

Lee was found guilty of embezzling over R304 million by the Seoul Central District Court, according to a report by EWN.

He was fined about R161 million as well as given a prison sentence of 15 years.

The 76-year-old insists he is innocent and said the investigation that led to his imprisonment was revenge by the current president, Moon Jae-in.

According to Lee, Moon was close to another ex-president, Roh Moo-hyun, whom Lee investigated on suspicion of corruption earlier.

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