S. Korean ex-president Lee Myung-bak questioned on graft

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 14, 2018

South Korea's former President Lee Myung-bak arrives at the prosecutors' office to be questioned over allegations that he took bribes when in office, in Seoul, South Korea March 14, 2018 in this still image taken from video.

Former President Lee Myung-bak has appeared for the prosecution's questioning over allegations of bribery, embezzlement and tax evasion among others. The prosecutors have prepared about 120 pages of questions, and Lee is expected to spend hours for the interrogation.

Two of the ex-president's former aides have been arrested and the homes and offices of his brothers raided.

He has previously denounced the inquiry as "political revenge" and said Wednesday he hoped it would be the "last time in history" that a former South Korean head of state was summoned for questioning by prosecutors.

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"As a former president, I have many things I want to say, but I promised to myself that I must save my breath", he said.

South Korean presidents have a tendency to end up in prison - or meet untimely ends - after their time in power, usually once their political rivals have moved into the presidential Blue House.

Lee is the fourth former president to appear for questioning as a suspect after former President Roh Tae-woo did so in 1995, Roh Moo-hyun in 2009 and Park Geun-hye a year ago.

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