Former President of the Republic of Korea Lee Myung-bak was sentenced to 17 years in jail on corruption charges.

In addition, 78-year-old Lee Myung-bak was ordered to pay fines totaling around $11 million.

The ex-president was charged with bribery and embezzlement in connection with his brother's auto parts company DAS.

Lee Myung-bak was previously serving a sentence for a series of allegations of corruption and bribery. He was taken into custody on March 22, 2018, and on October 5 of that year, the Seoul High Court sentenced him to 15 years in prison, but in March 2019 he was released on bail due to his deteriorating health.

Lee is the fourth ex-South Korean leader to be criminally convicted.