Samsung Heir Convicted and Fined for Drug Charges

Lee Jae-yong, the heir to South Korea’s Samsung Group, was convicted and fined on Oct. 26 for illegal usage of the anaesthetic drug propofol.

Seoul Central District Court fined the multi-billionaire $60,000 for repeated abuse of propofol over the recent years, South Korean Yonhap news agency reported.

Propofol is an addictive substance used as anesthesia under controlled procedure. Non-prescribed use of controlled drugs is prosecutable under South Korean law.

“Considering the social influence of the accused, his crime is not small because he received considerable doses of the drug,” the court said. Prosecutors during the trial said that Lee had used the drug multiple times between 2015 and 2020.

Lee pleaded guilty, with his lawyers claiming that the drug was used to treat psychological stress from the years-long hospitalization of his father, late Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee.

The court urged Lee to seek rehabilitation from drug-use and “show a good example to his children.” The troubled heir is divorced with two children.

Lee had only been released on parole in August after spending 7 months in jail for bribery.

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