In South Korea, it has been reported that the Seoul Supreme Court’s 2.5-year prison sentence on bribery charges against Lee Jae-Yong, the successor and vice chairman of the technology company Samsung, will not be appealed.
The prosecutor’s office has announced that it will not appeal the reduced prison sentence given to Lee, who was sought for a 9-year prison sentence.
Lee was accused of bribing former President Park Geun-hye, who was dismissed in 2016, through foundations headed by his close friend and advisor, Choi Soon-sil.
It was alleged that Lee bribed the merger between Samsung and its affiliates in 2015 to provide government support and strengthen control of the company.
The corruption and political influence scandal in question led to the dismissal of President Park in 2017.
The South Korean Supreme Court upheld the 22-year prison sentence handed down to Park on January 14 for bribery, misconduct and other crimes.
The Seoul Supreme Court sentenced Lee to 2.5 years in prison for bribery on January 18.