Outgoing South Korean president pardons former aides

Lee Myung-bak. Photo: AP

The pardons for 55 people included Lee's long-time confidante and former minister Choi See-joong and friend and businessman Chun Shin-il - both serving prison terms for bribery. Former parliamentary speaker Park Hee-tae and an ex-senior political affairs aide to Lee were also pardoned. Both were convicted last year for their roles in a vote-buying scandal in Lee's ruling conservative party.



Wednesday, 30 January, 2013, 3:06am

Prisoner truce could earn China a pardon

The Olympic torch relay over the past few weeks has done the opposite of what was intended. Instead of focusing attention on China's achievements over the past three decades, and its return to its rightful place in the world, the publicity has been largely negative and has damaged Beijing's international image.

13 May 2008 - 12:00am

FYI: Are the rich and famous really treated to a different kind of justice than the rest of us?

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Bush deserves to take heat on Libby decision

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4 Jul 2007 - 12:00am


Should slimming drugs be more strictly controlled?

I am astonished by the terrible side effects of the diet drugs prescribed by three different doctors ('Doctors push risky diet drugs', May 30).

I can't imagine how the doctors can give those pills to a woman whose body mass index is only 20, which is an optimal level.

31 May 2007 - 12:00am

1967 pardon?

Should the Hong Kong government clear the criminal records of 2,000 people convicted during the 1967 riots, especially those jailed for political reasons, as a lawmaker has requested? Share your views: write to us

28 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Clemency bargain 'useless'

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Spare HK convicts, mainland urged

The mainland has been asked to consider not executing Hong Kong people convicted of capital crimes.

The idea was suggested to mainland officials during talks on formal arrangements for rendition - the return of suspects - according to a senior security official.

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Dangers in attempts to rewrite history

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Concerns eased as AIDS prisoner wins pardon

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Comfort to criminals

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