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Samsung's Lee walks free as South Korea court suspends jail term

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Staff Writer | February 5, 2018
Jay Y. Lee
Asia   Lee had been detained since last February

A South Korean appeals court on Monday suspended a jail sentence handed down to Samsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee, setting him free after a year’s detention amid a corruption scandal that brought down the former president.

Seoul High Court jailed Lee for two and a half years, reducing the original term by half, and suspended the sentence for charges including bribery and embezzlement for four years, meaning he does not have to serve time as long as he behaves.

Lee, heir to one of the world’s biggest corporate empires, had been detained since last February.

Emerging from Seoul Detention Centre, Lee said his time in jail had been useful.

“Again, I feel sorry to everyone for not showing my best side. And it has been a really precious time for a year reflecting on myself,” Lee told reporters.

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