Samsung head's heir sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for corruption

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Samsung head's heir sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for corruption
Samsung head's heir sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for corruption
18 January, 13:45In the worldPhoto: reuters.com
A South Korean court sentenced Lee Jae Young, the head and the heir to the Samsung Group business, to 2.5 years in prison. He was found guilty of embezzlement and bribery in the amount of about $ 7.8 million.

The case of the heir to the South Korean giant corporation is connected with the scandal that resulted in the ouster of the first female president in Korea, Park Geun-hye, says Reuters.

Li Jae Young was charged back in early 2017. Then he was sentenced to five years in prison, but he spent about a year in prison, then was released.

The Supreme Court sent the case back to the Seoul High Court, and new charges were brought against Lee, despite a public commission advising prosecutors to drop all charges against him and to stop investigating the transfer of power to Samsung Group altogether.

The company's leadership will not suffer, but this may have some impact on capitalization, some of the shares may lose value, Alexander Malyarevsky believes.

"The news is very indicative and, in my opinion, very good. It shows the equality of all before the law. If a person has violated the law, no matter what heights he reaches and no matter what money is behind him, the person must be punished by a court decision. In this case, the person is behind not only money, but also the reputation of a huge company. In this case, the company's reputation has suffered some damage. I do not think that this damage will be so serious that the company's leadership will suffer, but this may have some impact on capitalization, some of the shares may lose in value", - said Alexander Malyarevsky in an interview with Sputnik radio.

As a reminder, Lee Jae Young, the son of Gi Gong Hee who died on October 25, 2020, began to run the company long before his father's death .

Earlier, the South Korean agency Yonhap reported that the amount of inheritance taxes that will have to be paid to the children of the deceased head of Samsung could amount to about $ 9 billion. At the same time, the stock assets of the deceased Lee Hong-hee are estimated at $ 18 billion.

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