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Lee offers public apology for brother's corruption

President Lee Myung-bak (Yonhap News)
President Lee Myung-bak (Yonhap News)

President Lee Myung-bak on Tuesday made a public apology for his brother's involvement in receiving bribes from savings banks.

"Fellow Koreans, disgraceful incidents have recently happened to my family and surroundings and caused so much anxiety to people," Lee said.

"I bow my head and extend my apology for causing anxiety to people due to these incidents."

He said he had thought about waiting for the results of the prosecutors' investigation.

However, he said he thought it was right to offer a sincere apology to the Korean people first.

Lee’s elder brother, Lee Sang-deuk, was arrested for receiving 300 million won from the chairman of Solomon Savings Bank before the December 2007 presidential election.

Although the former six-term lawmaker was indicted for bribery, the money he received is believed to have been spent on his younger brother’s presidential campaign.


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