South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeok issues pardons for more than 1,300 people in bid for ‘national unity.’

South Korea’s former President Lee Myung-bak has received a presidential pardon, cutting short his 17-year prison sentence for corruption.

South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol issued the pardon for Lee on Tuesday as part of mass pardons that are common in the East Asian country around national holidays.

South Korean Justice Minister Han Dong-hoon told reporters that Yoon, a former chief prosecutor, had issued pardons for more than 1,300 people

Yoon had earlier this year expressed reservations about Lee staying in prison for the rest of his sentence, which would have kept him behind bars into his 90s.

Other high-profile figures included in the pardons include Kim Kyoung-soo, a former provincial governor, and Choi Kyoung-hwan, a former finance minister.

Lee, who served as president between 2008 and 2013, was convicted of bribery and embezzlement in 2018.