14 Mar '18, 6am

Blue House to jail house: The perils of South Korean leadership

Blue House to jail house: The perils of South Korean leadership

Most former South Korean presidents of recent decades have had their retirements interrupted -- or terminated -- by legal troubles. Wednesday's interrogation of Lee Myung-bak, who occupied the presidential Blue House from 2008 to 2013, means that every living former head of state has now been convicted, charged or investigated for criminal offences. One even killed himself after being questioned. Here are details of their cases. - Chun Doo-hwan - Chun, a former army general who ruled from 1980 to 1988, served prison time in the 1990s for charges including treason and bribery. Chun was convicted of staging a military coup in 1979 to seize power after the death of longtime army dictator, Park Chung-hee, and of receiving bribes worth millions of dollars from local businessmen. Now 87, he was initially sentenced to death, before the penalty was commuted to life in prison by th...

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