Samsung heir Lee says spent year in jail on self-reflection

2018 captures Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong arriving at the Seoul High Court to attend his appeals trial over bribery in connection with a scandal that removed former President Park Geun-hye from office last year

The scandal brought down the government of President Park Geun-hye a year ago.

On that basis, Monday's ruling for Samsung Electronics heir apparent Lee Jae-yong was in line with history, despite growing pressure for corporate reform.

Emerging from a Seoul detention center where he had briefly returned for his belongings after the ruling, Lee stood in the frigid February air and apologized for "not showing my best side". "And it has been a really precious time for a year reflecting on myself", he told reporters.

Prosecutors had sought a 12-year prison term for Lee at the appeals court. Lee reportedly looked stunned when the decision was announced.

Former President Park, who continues to deny any wrongdoing, is on trial for bribery, coercion and abuse of power. Receiving bribes can carry a sentence of life in jail.

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The more lenient ruling surprised many who were expecting a tough stance from the appeal court and many South Koreans took to social media and online news portals to express anger at the ruling and the judge who issued the verdict.

- Lee Jay-hyun, CJ Group chairman, was sentenced to four years in 2014 for embezzlement, breach of fiduciary duty and tax evasion before that was eventually reduced to two-and-a-half years.

Park Geun-hye has been detained since her arrest in March 2017 while Choi and many of Park's ex-cabinet members and allies are also in jail.

"Power-business collusion is not found here", judge Cheong Hyung-sik said.

Lee has pleaded not guilty to charges he used Samsung corporate funds to bribe Park and a confidante, seeking to consolidate his control over Samsung and facilitate a smooth transfer of corporate leadership from his father.

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Prosecutors did not have an immediate comment.

Some analysts had argued that Lee's absence would have little noticeable impact on Samsung Electronics' bottom line, with his day-to-day duties in his role of vice chairman unclear.

While Samsung's stellar performance during the year that Lee was gone was attributed to the company's unwavering systematic structure, in-house sources said Lee's return brings a broader significance.

Lee was also charged along with four other Samsung leaders, all facing similar charges.

"The result doesn't directly affect rank-and-file employees, but it will matter more to the executives", said an assistant manager-level employee at Samsung.

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His team of 28 lawyers argued that Lee was a hands-off manager who had no knowledge of the arrangement, which they said was organized by his subordinates.

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