South korea's prosecutors sought a 23-year prison sentence for former president lee myung-bak in the second trial on august, more than the first-instance sentence and fine, involving bribery and embezzlement.
On October 5,2018, the Seoul Central District Court sentenced Lee to 15 years in prison, fined 13 billion won (77.2 million yuan) and recovered 8.2 billion won (48.69 million yuan) of stolen money. Lee refused to plead guilty and appealed; prosecutors were equally dissatisfied with the verdict and appealed.
In the final trial of the second trial on june 8th, prosecutors asked the seoul high court to sentence lee to 23 years in prison, fined about 32 billion korean yuan (100 million yuan) and recovered 16.3 billion korean yuan (96.79 million yuan) of stolen money, the news agency reported. The prosecution considers that, given the merits of the case, the sentence is too light for a trial.
Lee,78, was South Korea's president from 2008 to 2013. Mr. Lee, the real owner of DAS, a car parts maker run by his cronies, abused the president's authority to benefit himself and the business, including taking bribes from Samsung Electronics'5.9 billion won (35.03 million yuan).
Lee was arrested on suspicion of graft on March 22,2018, and released on bail in March 2019 on grounds of sleep apnea, possible sudden death, etc. (Gu Ziyi)[ Xinhua News Agency micro feature]