Ex-President Lee Myung Bak Experiences Insomnia in Jail

Nicholas Kim, April 5, 2018, 9:50 a.m.


Ex-President Lee Myung-bak is unable to sleep in remand jail without sleeping pills, according to his aides. They said Lee started taking sleeping pills when he was arrested on corruption charges on March 23. "He increased his dosage from one to two tablets on Monday, but he is still having trouble sleeping," his lawyer Kang Hoon told the Chosun Ilbo on Wednesday. "His face is puffy from lack of sleep."

The former president (78) stays in his cell during his daily one-hour exercise break and does not eat much. One of his aides claimed he spends "most of his time reading the Bible."

Another aide said Lee "said he would take all of the blame, but prosecutors continue to summon his family and aides for questioning."

Prosecutors on Tuesday questioned Lee's son Si-hyung and also plan to subpoena former first lady Kim Yoon-ok after she refused to be questioned.

Meanwhile, the law firm defending Lee is beefing up its team by five more lawyers, and about 30 candidates with four to 10 years of experience have applied. "I didn't think the level of interest would be so high," one lawyer said.

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