New Suspicions Hold up Ex-President Lee's Appeal

      June 13, 2019 11:29

      Lee Myung-bak /Yonhap

      Prosecutors have won a delay of ex-President Lee Myung-bak's appeals trial after they discovered more evidence of alleged bribe-taking earlier this week.

      The Seoul High Court on Wednesday said the sentencing scheduled for next Monday has been canceled to listen to the fresh charges.

      A lower court found that W6.1 billion in legal fees Samsung paid on behalf of Lee to cover U.S. litigation involving an auto-parts maker Lee owned by proxy was a bribe (US$1=W1,182). But prosecutors now say that Samsung paid him another W5 billion in bribes.

      A lawyer for Lee accused prosecutors of leaking unfounded suspicions to the public and questioned the credibility of one of Lee's former secretaries, who made the allegations, claiming he suffers from "mild cognitive impairment." 

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