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S. Korean president apologizes for bribery scandals involving aides, brother

(Xinhua)

14:04, July 24, 2012

SEOUL, July 24 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak offered a public apology Tuesday for a series of corruption scandals implicating his brother and former aides, an embarrassment for the administration he once called "morally perfect."

"It is all my fault," the somber-faced Lee said in an official statement. "I will readily accept any criticism."

The apology came as his elder brother Lee Sang-deuk and a handful of his former aides are facing an array of corruption charges. Some of them have been already jailed, while the investigations are still underway.

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