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S. Korea to pardon former leader Lee for corruption crimes

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean government of President Yoon Suk Yeol is granting a special pardon to ex-President Lee Myung-bak, who was sentenced to a 17-year prison term for a range of corruption crimes. The Justice Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that Lee is among over 1,300 convicts who will be pardoned Wednesday. It said it has decided to include some politicians such as 81-year-old Lee in an effort to promote a national unity. Lee was released from prison temporarily in June over health concerns. The CEO-turned-conservative hero had been convicted of taking bribes, embezzling funds, and other corruption-related crimes before and during his presidency from 2008 to 2013.

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