Former South Korean President Arrested for Corruption

Ex-president Lee Myung-bak was arrested on Thursday on charges of bribery, abuse of power, embezzlement, and tax evasion, Channel News Asia reported.

450px-Lee Myung-bak 1 copyLee Myung-bak (Source: Henrik Hansson, CC BY-SA 3.0)The former CEO turned president who served from 2008 to 2013 is the fourth South Korean leader to face corruption charges, following his detainment in early March.

 Myung-bak is accused of accepting ₩2.2 billion (approximately US$2.2 million) from Lee Pal-sung for helping him become CEO of Woori Financial Group --a state-financed company.

 Prosecutors initially alleged that he took just under US$2 million from the country’s intelligence agency, and received kickbacks from lawmakers, a Buddhist monk, and a construction company. However, the case has now extended back to 1994, when prosecutors claim Myung-bak began embezzling a total of US$32million from an auto-parts company he owned over the course of 12 years.

 Myung-bak reportedly denied owning the company when prosecutors presented him with incriminating documents and testimony from family members.