Appeal trial for Samsung heir starts
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.