South Korea, a Seoul district court has sentenced former president Lee Myung-bak to 15 years in prison for bribery and embezzlement, among other charges. He’s also been fined about 11 million dollars.
The court opened without the former conservative president in attendance.
He was protesting the fact the ruling was broadcast live.
One of Lee’s main offenses relates to his pardoning of the Chairman of Samsung Electronics in 2009.
The court found Lee did so in return for Samsung paying legal expenses for an auto parts firm he allegedly owns.
Lee says the company has been run by his brother for more than 3 decades and that rumors he’s in control are not true. But the judges supported the prosecutors.
He denies all charges and says they’re politically motivated.
Lee could be the 4th president to serve time behind bars. He still has the chance to appeal.
Earlier this year, Lee’s successor, Park Geun-hye, was also convicted on bribery charges in a separate scandal involving Samsung