June 28, 2019 13:25
Former President Lee Myung-bak was admitted to Seoul National University Hospital with a high fever on Thursday.
Lee was sentenced 15 years in prison for corruption in office but is now free on bail on the grounds of ill health during the appeal.
He has suffered health problems for some time and his condition has deteriorated recently, an aide told reporters. "He was permitted by the court to visit the hospital yesterday and was admitted at the advice of his doctor."
Rumors in political circles say that Lee (78) has cancer because he checked into a VIP room in the cancer ward.
But the aide denied this, saying, "He was admitted to the cancer ward because there were no empty beds in the general ward. He's ill, but not that seriously."
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