Samsung Head Faces 9-Year Prison Sentence

Samsung Electronics Vice-Chairman and de facto leader Lee Jae-yong could face a nine-year prison sentence, following the final hearing on Wednesday In a retrial for his bribery case.

Samsung Electronics Vice-Chairman and de facto leader Lee Jae-yong could face a nine-year prison sentence, following the final hearing on Wednesday In a retrial for his bribery case.

Prosecutors demanded that Lee face said prison sentence, citing Samsung as the country’s largest company which should set the example to combat corruption. 

“Samsung is a group with such overwhelming power that it is said Korean companies are divided into Samsung and non-Samsung,” prosecutors said on Wednesday. 

Lee and other executives were implicated in the 2016 scandal which resulted to the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye on bribery, extortion, and abuse of power among other charges. 

Prosecutors accused Lee of bribing Park to ensure government backing for the former’s aim to secure leadership of Samsung. 

Lee had a reduced sentence and was released from prison in 2018 but the Supreme Court ordered that his case be subject to retrial at the Seoul High Court in 2019. 

The high court is expected to deliver the final ruling on January 18. 


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