Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was released from detention Wednesday after a court approved 1 billion won ($885,000) bail nearly a year after his arrest and during the ongoing appeal of his corruption conviction and sentence.
An official from the Seoul High Court said Lee was permitted to return home after he accepted strict monitoring conditions that resemble a house arrest, including a ban on meeting or communicating with people beyond direct family members and lawyers. The official didn’t want to be named, citing office rules.
Dressed in a black jacket and tie-less shirt, Lee was escorted out of the detention center and driven in a black sedan to his southern Seoul home that was surrounded by lines of police officers.
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