Ap­peal trial for Sam­sung heir starts

The New Indian Express - - WORLD - AFP

SAM­SUNG heir Lee JaeY­ong was back in court Thurs­day to ap­peal his fiveyear sen­tence for brib­ing South Korea’s ousted pres­i­dent Park Geun-Hye, with pros­e­cu­tors ar­gu­ing for a longer jail term.

Lee, vice-chair­man of Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics, was found guilty in Au­gust of bribery, per­jury and other charges re­lat­ing to pay­ments made by Sam­sung to Park’s se­cret con­fi­dante Choi Soon-Sil, but the 49-year-old’s lawyers ar­gue he is in­no­cent.

The orig­i­nal ver­dict found that a to­tal of 8.9 bil­lion won ($7.9 mil­lion) was paid in re­turn for favours in­clud­ing govern­ment sup­port for Lee’s suc­ces­sion at Sam­sung af­ter his fa­ther was left bedrid­den in 2014.

Four other Sam­sung ex­ec­u­tives con­victed on the same charges and given sen­tences rang­ing from four years to sus­pended terms were present at the ap­peal hear­ing.

Park, the first fe­male pres­i­dent in South Korea, was im­peached and ar­rested in March and in­dicted in April on a to­tal of 18 charges in­clud­ing cor­rup­tion and power abuse. She is be­ing held in soli­tary con­fine­ment.

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