- Title: File of Samsung heir ahead of retrial in bribery scandal
- Date: 24th October 2019
- Summary: Lee, arrived at the High Court in Seoul on October 12, 2017 for the first hearing of his appeal case against a five-year jail term for corruption. South Korean prosecutors sought a 12-year jail term on December 27 for Lee at the hearing of the appeal by Lee against a five-year jail term handed out to him in August by a lower court. Lee denied the bribery charge and also denied allegations by prosecutors that he had met Park one-on-one four times, instead of the previously disclosed three times. SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - OCTOBER 12, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EXTERIOR OF SEOUL COURT BUILDING INCLUDING SEOUL HIGH COURT PRISON BUS CARRYING LEE ARRIVING AT COURT Lee said on February 5, 2018 he spent his year in jail on "precious" self-reflection and promised to show a better side in future, after a Seoul High Court jailed Lee for two and a half years, reducing the original term by half and suspending the sentence for charges including bribery and embezzlement. UIWANG, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - FEBRUARY 5, 2018) (REUTERS) LEE WALKING OUT OF SEOUL DETENTION CENTRE AND STANDING IN FRONT OF MEDIA LEE, SAYING (Korean): "Again, I feel very sorry to everyone for not showing my best side. And it has been a really precious time for a year reflecting on myself. I will thoroughly check and do my best." / LEE WALKING TOWARD CAR AND BEING SURROUNDED BY MEDIA
- Embargoed: 7th November 2019 03:31
- Keywords: file president Samsung court bribery trial political scandal Jay Y. Lee Park Geun-hye
- Location: SEOUL, INCHEON, UIWANG, SOUTH KOREA / HAGEN, GERMANY
- City: SEOUL, INCHEON, UIWANG, SOUTH KOREA / HAGEN, GERMANY
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA009B2HIA13
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Seoul High Court is planning to hold Samsung's de facto chief Jay Y. Lee's retrial on the influence-peddling scandal on Friday (October 25) as South Korea's Supreme Court overturned part of an appeals court bribery conviction against Lee in late August.
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 and returned the case to the appellate court.
Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, was sentenced in 2017 to five years imprisonment for bribing a friend of Park as he sought to succeed his father and strengthen control of Samsung Group. He was freed after a year in detention when the appellate Seoul High Court halved his sentence and suspended it for four years.
After the Supreme Court's ruling, Lee's lawyer denied Samsung received any favors from Park and said any payment made by Samsung was in response to a demand from the now-deposed leader, an argument it had made in lower court trials.
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