South Korean Prosecutors Request Nine-Year Prison Term for Samsung Scion

South Korean prosecutors demanded a nine-year prison term for Samsung Electronics’ heir and Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, seeking to put the tech giant’s scion back in jail after being indicted with bribery charges.

South Korean prosecutors demanded a nine-year prison term for Samsung Electronics’ heir and Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, seeking to put the tech giant’s scion back in jail after being indicted with bribery charges.

According to the prosecutors, Lee was involved in a bribery scandal with the longtime friend of the company’s former President Park Geun-hye in an attempt to gain government support to succeed his father and cement his control over the largest smartphone maker in the world.

“Samsung is a group with overwhelming power, to the extent that people say our nation’s businesses are either Samsung or non-Samsung,” prosecutors said in a statement. “For our society’s wholesome development, Samsung’s position is such that it should demonstrate a firm stance against corruption and set an example.”

In Wednesday’s retrial, special prosecutor Park Young-soo also demanded the Seoul High Court to sentence three former Samsung executives to seven years in prison and another former executive to a five-year jail term.

“I stood here with a regretful heart,” Lee said in his final statement. “When my father, Chairman Lee, suddenly collapsed, I sat down in a private meeting with former President Park. If it were now, I would never have dealt with it like that.”

“I want to make a new Samsung that is appropriate to the dignity of the country and be a good son to my respectable father,” he added.

The court’s final ruling for the controversial bribery case of the Samsung scion is scheduled for Jan. 18 next year.


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