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South Korean prosecutors seek 12 years in prison for Samsung heir

Staff Writer | August 7, 2017
South Korean prosecutors on Monday sought 12 years in prison for Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, an heir apparent of Samsung Group, the country's biggest family-run conglomerate, on bribery charges.
Lee Jae-yong
Asia   Bribery charge
Special prosecutors, which had investigated the corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye, said in the final court hearing of the Samsung heir that the case was a "typical corruption offense" based on cozy ties between politicians and businessmen, which severely damages the constitutional value.

The team of Park Young-soo, who was named independent counsel in November last year for the corruption case, demanded 12 years of imprisonment for Vice Chairman Lee, while asking seven to 10 years in jail for four other former Samsung executives.

The Seoul court will make a ruling on Lee on August 25, before his six-month custody period ends on August 27.