Tuesday Sep 27, 2022
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South Korea to pardon Samsung’s Lee


Nepalnews
AP
2022 Aug 14, 17:10,
FILE - Samsung Electronics Co. Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong gets out of a car at the Seoul High Court in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 22, 2019. South Korea's president will pardon Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong with a year left on his sentence for bribing a president as part of a massive corruption scandal that toppled her government, the justice minister announced Friday, Aug. 12. 2022. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File

Samsung’s de-facto leader secured a pardon Friday of his conviction for bribing a former president in a corruption scandal that toppled a previous South Korean government, an act of leniency that underscored the tech company’s huge influence in the nation.

Lee Jae-yong’s pardon is partially symbolic since he was released on parole a year ago after serving 18 months of a prison term that would have ended in July, and critics say the billionaire has remained in control of Samsung even while behind bars. Still, the pardon will allow the heir to the electronics juggernaut to fully resume his management duties and could make it easier for the company to pursue investments and mergers.

The Justice Ministry said President Yoon Suk Yeol, who as a prosecutor investigated the corruption scandal involving Lee, will issue the pardon Monday, a national holiday when some 1,700 people are set to receive clemency, including other top business leaders.

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