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Ex-PM gets suspended jail term for bribery

All News 15:05 January 29, 2016

SEOUL, Jan. 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's former Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo received an 8-month jail term Friday for receiving bribes from a deceased businessman.

Still, the Seoul Central District Court suspended the sentence for two years.

Lee, who stepped down in April after mounting suspicion, was convicted of taking 30 million won (US$27,000) at his election office in April 2013 from Sung Wan-jong, the late chairman of construction firm Keangnam Enterprises Inc.

"The authenticity of the recorded interview of Sung Wan-jong and credibility of statements made by secretaries can all be accepted," the court said.

A corruption scandal flared up after Sung left a note and a recorded interview claiming that he gave money to eight politicians, including Lee and Hong Joon-pyo, governor of South Gyeongsang Province, as well as President Park Geun-hye's former and current chiefs of staff.

Prosecutors indicted Lee and Hong in July 2015 while not prosecuting the others, citing a lack of evidence and the statute of limitations.

Sung hanged himself on April 9 just hours before a court hearing that would have determined the legality of his arrest regarding his embezzlement charges.


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