Jay Y. Lee, the 49-year-old inheritor to one of many world’s greatest company empires, has been detained since February and was convicted by a decrease courtroom in August of bribing Park Geun-hye, who was dismissed as South Korea’s president in March.
The courtroom determined the bribe helped Lee strengthen his management of Samsung Electronics, the crown jewel within the conglomerate and one of many world’s high expertise corporations.
Lee, trying relaxed in a darkish go well with and white shirt with out tie on the ongoing appeals listening to, denied this cost and in addition denied latest allegations that he had met Park one-on-one 4 occasions, as a substitute of the beforehand disclosed 3 times.
The Seoul Excessive Court docket is predicted to rule on the enchantment in late January. Whichever facet loses might take the case to the Supreme Court docket, the ultimate courtroom of enchantment in South Korea.
The decrease courtroom in August had dominated that whereas Lee by no means requested for Park’s assist immediately, the truth that a 2015 merger of two Samsung associates did assist cement Lee’s management over Samsung Electronics “implied” he was asking for the president’s assist to strengthen his management of the agency.
His legal professionals have strongly challenged this logic since appeals hearings started in October.
Confronted with investor worries of a management vacuum as Lee stays detained, Samsung appointed a brand new technology of high managers at its three principal companies together with semiconductors in October.
Lee has been extensively anticipated to observe in his father, Lee Kun-hee’s, footsteps sooner or later. Lee Kun-hee, the chairman of the group, has been hospitalised since 2014.
Answering a prosecutor’s query about his future as Samsung inheritor, Lee mentioned: “I had been privately pondering that Chairman Lee Kun-hee would be the ultimate individual to have the title of Samsung Group chairman.”
“I’ve usually mentioned that I wish to be a businessman who’s recognised for functionality, not only for being somebody’s son, or for having a number of shares.”
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