Ex-President Lee Refuses to Testify in Corruption Trial

  • By Shin Su-ji

    September 05, 2018 10:49

    Former President Lee Myung-bak appeared at his corruption trial on Tuesday but did not utter a word as prosecutors questioned him for almost an hour. His own attorney also asked no questions.

    After the trial, Lee's lawyer quoted him as saying, "Prosecutors are accusing me of lying so I felt I had no reason to respond to their questions."

    The lawyer said Lee believes that prosecutors have already reached their conclusion "and are simply trying to shame him."

    Lee Myung-bak

    Tuesday's court session marked the end of Lee's first trial on bribery and corruption charges that began on May 23.

    It progressed much faster than his successor Park Geun-hye's trial because he called only one witness. Instead, prosecution and defense argued over reams of documents that were presented as evidence.

    Lee (78) was indicted on 16 charges including embezzling around W34.9 billion from DAS, an automotive parts company he is accused of owning by proxy (US$1=W1,117).

    Prosecutors also accuse Lee of taking W11.1 billion in bribes from various sources while he was in office, including making Samsung pay W6.8 billion in legal fees for the auto parts maker.

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