After 1-hundred-79 days behind bars, former Supreme Court Chief Justice Yang Seung-tae has been granted bail, amid the ongoing trial over charges that he abused his power to influence court proceedings on high profile cases.
The Seoul Central District Court on Monday approved the bail, some three weeks ahead of the end of Yang's detainment period in mid-August, as his release without any conditions could lead to him destroying evidence.
Yang faces some 47 charges related to manipulating major court cases for political and business leaders, to win favors from the previous Park Geun-hye administration.
The 71-year-old has also been accused of delaying rulings on cases brought by former victims of forced labor. under Japan's colonial government.
Under the conditions of his bail, Yang is required not to leave his residence, and is restricted from contacting those who could be involved in the trial.