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Former South Korean leader indicted for corruption

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Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak. Reuters

SEOUL (AFP) – Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was indicted for corruption yesterday, becoming the latest of the country’s ex-leaders to face criminal charges. The CEO-turned-president who served from 2008 to 2013 has been charged with bribery, power abuse, embezzlement, and tax evasion, state prosecutors said in a statement. It comes just days after Mr Lee’s successor as president, Park Geun-hye, was jailed for 24 years for corruption. Mr Lee was detained late last month but has since refused to be interrogated by prosecutors. He has denied any wrongdoing and has denounced the investigation as a “political revenge”. If convicted of all the allegations, the septuagenarian Mr Lee could be jailed for life.

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