Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak has been jailed for 15 years for corruption.
Lee was sentenced in a Seoul court last Friday on charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power, and ordered to pay a 13 billion won fine.
The former president claims the charges are politically motivated.
He becomes the fourth South Korean former leader to be jailed, following his successor's imprisonment in April.
Lee was not present at the sentencing, blaming poor health.
The judge at Seoul Central District Court said "heavy punishment for the accused is inevitable" because of the serious nature of the crimes.
The court found the former leader accepted billions of won from major electronics firm Samsung in return for pardoning its chairman, Lee Kun-hee. The company denies having given the former president the money.