South Korea: Convicted Samsung heir gets presidential pardon

People’s Gazette

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Friday granted a presidential pardon to Samsung heir, Lee Jae Yong, allowing him to return to business activities despite convictions for corruption.

The pardon for the 54-year-old vice-chairman of leading smartphone maker, Samsung Electronics, was the most prominent among the pardons issued for 1,700 people by the president.

Mr Lee, the grandson of Samsung founder, Lee Byung Chul, received a second jail sentence for corruption in 2021 but was allowed early conditional release seven months later.

The presidential pardon means that he is now free to conduct his business activities, lifting the conditions on his release from prison.

However, the Samsung heir faces further proceedings relating to manipulating share prices. He rejected the allegations.

The pardons are to go into effect on August 15, when the country marks liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945.

The day is often marked by amnesties or mass pardons…

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