South Korea’s 79-year-old former president Lee Myung-bak is spending his New Year in prison with doughnuts as a bonus

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Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was discharged from a 12-day medical treatment and returned to prison on Monday, ahead of the Lunar New Year in his cell.As a holiday benefit, donuts and instant noodles were prepared for him, South Korean media said.According to the Dong-A Ilbo and Insight, the 79-year-old lee suffers from diabetes and other ailments.Last year (2021), he underwent three medical consultations outside the prison and began to experience numbness in his hands and feet in December.On Jan. 16, Mr. Lee was hospitalized again.Without a pardon or commutation, he will be released at the age of 93.According to a menu released by the Justice Ministry, Lee will be able to eat beef bone rice cake soup, seaweed and spicy cabbage for breakfast this Lunar New Year.Donuts and instant noodles are also provided as a holiday perk.In 2020, Lee was sentenced to 17 years in prison for embezzlement and bribery, fined 13 billion won and confiscated 5.78 billion won in proceeds.At the end of 2021, South Korean President Moon Jae-in pardoned former President Park Geun-hye, saying he hoped the move would be an opportunity to open a new era of unity and reconciliation. He also said that Park’s health deteriorated significantly after nearly five years in prison, and he hoped opponents would understand.But lee myung-bak was not included in the amnesty, which angered him.Column editor: Qin Hong The author of this article: Overseas network editor: Song Hui Photo source: Xinhua News Agency photo editor: Xiang Jianying