- Title: File footage of Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee ahead of parole decision
- Date: 9th August 2021
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - MAY 6, 2020) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF SAMSUNG OFFICES SOUTH KOREAN NATIONAL FLAG (LEFT) AND SAMSUNG FLAG (RIGHT) LOGO OF SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - OCTOBER 25, 2020) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF SAMSUNG MEDICAL CENTRE FUNERAL HALL WHERE SAMSUNG GROUP CHAIRMAN LEE KUN-HEE'S FUNERAL TOOK PLACE LEE ENTERING FUNERAL HALL THROUGH REVOLVING DOOR LEE WALKING DOWN STAIRS, PAST MONITOR SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - NOVEMBER 9, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF LEE ARRIVING AT COURT FOR TRIAL UIWANG, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - JANUARY 18, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF BUS CARRYING LEE ENTERING SEOUL DETENTION CENTRE ROAD LEADING TO DETENTION CENTRE GUARDED BY POLICE AND DETENTION CENTRE WORKERS
- Embargoed: 23rd August 2021 05:10
- Keywords: Jay Y. Lee Lee Jay-Yong Samsung Samsung Electronics court detention file parole release
- Location: SEOUL, INCHEON, UIWANG, SOUTH KOREA
- City: SEOUL, INCHEON, UIWANG, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Company News Markets,Economic Events
- Reuters ID: LVA007EPK3LMT
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- Story Text:South Korea's justice ministry is expected to review the parole of Samsung Electronics leader Jay Y. Lee on Monday (August 9), with management at the conglomerate waiting to see if he will be released later this month.
Lee served one year of an initial 5-year sentence from August 2017 which was later suspended. That court decision was overturned and the sentence revised to 30 months, putting him back in jail in January this year. Having served some 18 months, he has just become eligible for release.
Last month, the Justice Ministry eased parole eligibility guidelines for first-time offenders with good behaviour like Lee to 60% of their sentence term served. The average eligible time for all criminals in South Korea was 80% prior to the easing.
If paroled, Lee would need the Justice Minister to approve his return to work as the law bars persons from working for companies involved in certain convictions for five years. He is likely to get that, legal experts say, as the amount deemed embezzled has been repaid. The Justice Ministry and Samsung declined to comment.
(Production: Yeni Seo, Heejung Jung)
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