Prosecutors ask court to imprison Samsung heir for 12 years

By on August 7, 2017

Samsung wordmark (Photo by wikimedia commons, public domain)
Samsung wordmark (Photo by Wikimedia commons, Public Domain)

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korean prosecutors have recommended imprisoning a billionaire Samsung heir for 12 years if he is convicted of bribery and other crimes in a national corruption scandal.

Prosecutors’ recommendation Monday concludes the four-month-long hearing over the allegations against Lee Jae-yong.

The 49-year-old vice chair at Samsung Electronics was indicted in February on charges including offering $38 million in bribes to a friend of then-President Park Geun-hye to seek government help in a merger that strengthened his control over Samsung. Park was removed from office and is being tried separately.

Lee has denied all charges and distanced himself from Samsung’s now-disbanded secretive strategy office that oversaw the merger at the centre of the scandal.

The charges could entail at least five years in prison if Lee is convicted