July 22, 2021 13:57
President Moon Jae-in is considering a pardon for jailed ex-President Park Geun-hye and Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong on the occasion of Liberation Day on Aug. 15, sources said Wednesday.
Lee Myung-bak, another former president who is in prison for bribery and embezzlement, will not likely be pardoned this time.
"Cheong Wa Dae is leaning more towards a pardon than parole for Lee Jae-yong," a government official said. Business leaders are also asking for a blanket pardon so Lee can fully in all normal activities rather than being restricted and having to report to a parole officer.
Park was hospitalized again this week due to chronic shoulder pain. She has been in jail since she was deposed over a massive corruption scandal in 2017.
None of Korea's jailbird ex-presidents have served their full sentence since all were pardoned by their successors.
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