Departing SKorean president grants special pardonsJanuary 29, 2013 @ 4:32 am
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.
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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
'Trying to Survive'
The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club is desperately trying to grow its membership
A King County councilmember wants to see body cameras on sheriff's deputies
What We Learned
Danny O'Neil says the gap between Seattle & the rest of the NFL isn't as big as we thought
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.