Ex-President Lee to Miss out on Liberation Day Pardon

  • By Choi Kyung-woon

    August 09, 2022 11:31

    Lee Myung-bak
    President Yoon Suk-yeol is expected to announce his first special amnesty on Aug. 15 Independence Day, but jailbird ex-President Lee Myung-bak is not on the list of beneficiaries and may have to wait till the New Year. 
    A source in the ruling People Power Party said Lee "was widely expected to be pardoned this time, but a last-minute change was reported to President Yoon excluding him." 
    "The president considered pardoning both ruling and opposition politicians in the spirit of harmony but will likely accept the change. He will pardon business leaders and civilian offenders this time and decide on politicians later as he gauges the situation," the source added. 
    A meeting at the Justice Ministry makes the final decision on Tuesday.
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