- Title: Samsung heir's lawyer says court decision is regrettable
- Date: 29th August 2019
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (AUGUST 29, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** SAMSUNG GROUP DE FACTO CHIEF JAY Y. LEE'S LAWYER, LEE IN-JAE, WALKING OUT OF SOUTH KOREA'S SUPREME COURT BUILDING JOURNALISTS SITTING IN FRONT OF SUPREME COURT BUILDING (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SAMSUNG GROUP DE FACTO CHIEF JAY Y. LEE'S LAWYER, LEE IN-JAE, SAYING: "It is rather regrettable that the bribery charges regarding the financial support requested by the president were found guilty." JOURNALISTS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SAMSUNG GROUP DE FACTO CHIEF JAY Y. LEE'S LAWYER, LEE IN-JAE, SAYING: "The defendants are truly sorry to have caused so much despair and concerns to many people." LEE WALKING AWAY VARIOUS OF SOUTH KOREA'S SUPREME COURT EXTERIOR
- Embargoed: 12th September 2019 08:34
- Keywords: reaction lawyer Samsung court former president South Korea verdict Jay Y. Lee Park Geun-hye ruling protest
- Location: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- City: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice
- Reuters ID: LVA002AU9RJGN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A lawyer of Samsung Group's de facto chief Jay Y. Lee said on Thursday (August 29) that the South Korean Supreme court's decision to overturn part of an appeals court ruling in the bribery case of Lee, who had been given a two-and-a-half-year suspended sentence for seeking favour from the country's ex-leader, were regrettable.
The Supreme Court said the interpretation by the Seoul High Court on what constituted bribes by Samsung to then-President Park Geun-hye was too narrow.
"It is rather regrettable that the bribery charges regarding the financial support requested by the president were found guilty," Lee In-jae told a news conference after the court's decision.
The case centred on whether three horses donated by Samsung Group for the training of the competitive equestrian daughter of Park's friend should be considered bribes aimed at winning the president's favour. The Supreme Court said the appeals court erred in not recognising the horses as bribes given by Samsung to win favours.
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