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24 June


Lee Myung-Bak was released on bail

The former President of South Korea was released due to "poor health"

Photo: Yonhap

/NOVOSTIVL/ Former President Lee Myung-bak was released on bail Wednesday after almost a year of detention on corruption charges. This article appeared in Yonhap.

The Seoul High Court approved the Jan. 29 request for bail that Lee made on the grounds of deteriorating health and other reasons. Lee was freed soon after his hearing on Wednesday and returned home at 4:20 p.m.

The court ordered him to stay at his registered residence and only meet or communicate with his immediate family and legal representatives.

Lee, president from 2008-2013, was in detention pending his appeal of a 15-year prison sentence after he was convicted of bribery, embezzlement and other charges last Oct. 5.