A former South Korean President will be temporarily released from prison for three months due to poor health.
The Suwon District Prosecutors' Office decided to suspend Lee Myung-bak's sentence upon his request.
Lee is currently in hospital and being treated for chronic illnesses and diabetes with the date of discharge uncertain.
The decision comes a year and seven months after the ex president began serving a 17-year prison sentence for embezzlement and bribery.
Under law, the execution of a sentence can be suspended if the convicted individual is in poor health such as being unable to communicate.
Only a presidential pardon would enable Lee to be released fully.