Departing SKorean president grants special pardons

first_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea’s outgoing president has granted special pardons to political allies despite criticism from his successor.The Justice Ministry says President Lee Myung-bak ordered pardons for more than 50 people at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday.They include a friend from college and an aide seen as his political mentor. Both were convicted of bribery.The list also includes former ruling party lawmakers and business executives. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix President-elect Park Geun-hye’s spokespeople have criticized the pardons as an abuse of power. Lee’s office denies it.Park will replace Lee in late February. The two belong to the same conservative party.Special pardons in the final months of presidential terms are common in South Korean politics.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Quick workouts for men Comments   Share   last_img read more