- Title: Samsung leader Jay Y. Lee qualifies for parole, to leave prison this week
- Date: 9th August 2021
- Summary: GWACHEON, SOUTH KOREA (AUGUST 9, 2021) (REUTERS) SOUTH KOREA'S JUSTICE MINISTER, PARK BEOM-KYE, WALKING INTO THE NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM AND BOWING JOURNALISTS AT NEWS CONFERENCE PARK SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREA'S JUSTICE MINISTER, PARK BEOM-KYE, SAYING: "Especially, Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee is included in (subject of) the parole in consideration of the country's economic situation and global economic circumstance amid the prolonged COVID-19 situation." JOURNALISTS AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREA'S JUSTICE MINISTER, PARK BEOM-KYE, SAYING: "I'm aware that the decision to grant Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee parole was the result of a comprehensive review of various factors such as public sentiment and good behaviour during detention." PARK BOWING AND WALKING AWAY EXTERIOR OF SOUTH KOREA'S JUSTICE MINISTRY SIGN READING (Korean and English): "MINISTRY OF JUSTICE"
- Embargoed: 23rd August 2021 11:41
- Keywords: Jay Y. Lee Justice Ministry Samsung Electronics South Korea minister parole release result
- Location: GWACHEON, SOUTH KOREA
- City: GWACHEON, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA001EPK3SQV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: PLEASE REFER TO 1002-SAMSUNG ELEC-LEADER/FILE SENT ON AUGUST 9 FOR FILE MATERIAL OF JAY Y. LEE
Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee, in jail after convictions for bribery and other charges, has qualified for parole and is expected to leave prison this Friday (August 13), South Korea's justice ministry said on Monday (August 9).
"The decision to grant Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee parole was the result of a comprehensive review of various factors such as public sentiment and good behaviour during detention," the country's justice minister Park Beom-kye told reporters.
Convicted of bribing a friend of former President Park Geun-hye, Lee, 53, has served 18 months of a revised 30-month sentence. He initially served one year of a five-year sentence from August 2017 which was later suspended. That court decision was then overturned and while the sentence was shortened, he was sent back to jail in January this year.
Support for his parole, both political and amongst the public, had grown amid anxiety that key strategic decisions are not being made at the South Korean tech giant. Samsung and the wider business community also made appeals to the government for his release.
(Production: Daewoung Kim, Minwoo Park)
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