Lee Sang-deuk

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Lee Sang-deuk
Revised RomanizationI Sang-deuk
McCune–ReischauerYi Sangdŭk

Lee Sang-deuk (born November 29, 1935) is a South Korean politician and businessperson. He is well known as the older brother of the former South Korean president, Lee Myung-bak. He was a member of the conservative Saenuri Party in the National Assembly. He was convicted of bribery in 2013, and is currently serving a one-year prison sentence.[1]


  • He is alleged to be the ringleader of the illegal political-level investigation towards civilian institutions and individuals by the ruling party, the Grand National Party.[2]
  • During the controversial passing of the year 2011 budget bill, he is alleged to obtain an unusually enormous funding for his representative area, Pohang.[3] Political critics call this act a capitalization of "big brother" budget due to his close kinship ties with Lee Myung-bak. Democratic Party assembly leader, Park Ji-weon, criticized this act as contributing to the unbalanced and unfair budget distribution all across South Korea.
  • He was criticized for making a jingoistic suggestion about marking the Taegeuk symbol on the food supplies for the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami victims.[4]
  • He possessed a piece of land in secret between 1995 and 2003 under secret deal with Samho, a Korean company, and the National Intelligence Service.[5]

Allegations of bribery[edit]

  • A personal aide of Lee Sang-deuk was arrested for receiving briberies that involved Lee Kuk-chul, chairman of the shipbuilding company, SLS Group.[6][7]
  • Lee later declared that the 700 million won in secretary's bank account is officially under his ownership.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Court commutes prison term of ex-president Lee's brother, accessed Aug. 5, 2013
  2. ^ "이상득 의원이 몸통"…사찰 배후론 갈등 격화 2010-09-01 SBS News
  3. ^ 민주 "형님예산 챙기느라 충청도 따돌려" 2010-12-15 NoCut News
  4. ^ "日에 '태극마크 생수' 보내자" 이상득 발언 논란. Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). 2011-03-15. Archived from the original on 2011-08-29. Retrieved 2011-04-17.
  5. ^ Kim (김), Ji-yeong (지영); Cho Hyeon-ju (조현주) (2011-11-16). 이상득, 내곡동 땅 국정원에 팔았다. Sisa Journal (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  6. ^ Ji (지), Ho-il (호일) (2011-12-08). "[단독] 한나라당 이상득 의원 보좌관 체포". Kuki News (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-12-08.
  7. ^ Kim (김), Seung-uk (승욱) (2011-12-10). 이상득의원 보좌관 영장…저축銀 돈 수수. Yonhap News (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-12-10.
  8. ^ Bae, Ji-sook (2012-02-02). "Rep. Lee says funds in aide's account his". Korean Herald. Retrieved 2012-02-08.

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