Seoul Court Suspects Samsung's Heirs Prison Sentence

Samsung Group heir, Jay Y. Lee, freed after a South Korean appeals court on Monday (5/2), suspended prison sentences for corruption involving former president, Reuters reported. Lee was detained for one year.

Seoul High Court jailed Lee for 2.5 years, reduced the duration of sentence to half, and postponed sentences for charges, including bribery and embezzlement. That is, Lee does not have to serve a sentence.

Lee, 49, the heir of one of the world's largest corporate empires, has been in detention since February.

President Park Geun-Hye was dismissed in March last year, having been indicted due to a case that highlights the relationship between a large conglomerate family, otherwise known as chaebol in South Korea, with political leaders.

Park (19659002) Chief Judge Cheong Hyung-sik said on Monday that Lee's involvement in providing financial support to Choi was "compliance with political power passively. "

Prosecutors and Samsung did not immediately respond to the verdict. Lee, whose face looked exhausted, did not show any emotion, when the verdict was read.

Prosecutors have demanded a 12-year prison law for Lee. The verdict will be filed for an appeal in the Supreme Court, according to jurists. [fw/au]