Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was taken to prison Wednesday to begin a 17-year term for bribery and embezzlement after losing an appeal against a lighter sentence.
Lee, in office from 2008 to 2013, was briefly jailed in 2018 after being sentenced to 15 years and fined 13 billion won ($11 million), but was granted bail while he appealed.
He was found guilty of creating slush funds of tens of millions of dollars and accepting bribes from Samsung Electronics in return for a presidential pardon for its chairman, Lee Kun-hee, who was jailed for tax evasion.
At a hearing on Wednesday, Seoul's Central District Court ordered a heavier sentence, saying Lee "did not show a sign of remorse or sense of responsibility" for his wrongdoings.
Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak (L) arrives at a court to attend his trial in Seoul on September 6, 2018. (Photo: AFP)
He instead blamed civil servants he worked with and Samsung employees, the court said.
Several South Korean presidents have ended up in prison after leaving office -- often as a result of investigations started by political rivals.
Lee's successor, Park Geun-hye, is currently serving 32 years in jail for bribery and abuse of power after being ousted in 2017 over a nationwide corruption scandal that prompted massive street protests.
Another former leader, Roh Moo-hyun, committed suicide after being questioned in a corruption probe involving his family.