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Samsung leader Jay Y Lee's legal troubles

Samsung leader Jay Y Lee's legal troubles

FILE PHOTO: Samsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee arrives at a court in Seoul, South Korea, November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

SEOUL: Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y Lee, convicted of bribery and embezzlement, has qualified for parole.

But he has two other trials to face - one in which he is accused of accounting fraud and stock price manipulation and another in which he is accused of unlawfully using a sedative.

The following is a timeline of Lee's legal woes.


Oct 24: Allegations of wrongdoing by former President Park Geun-hye involving a personal confidant, Choi Seo-won, better known by her former name Choi Soon-sil, is reported by a local cable channel.

Nov 13: South Korean prosecutors question Jay Y Lee in a probe over the growing political scandal involving Park.

Dec 21: A team led by a special prosecutor launches a formal criminal investigation.


Feb 17: Lee is arrested, accused of paying bribes to organisations controlled by Choi to secure support for a merger of two Samsung affiliates that was widely seen as designed to cement his control of the Samsung conglomerate.

Feb 28: Samsung Group dismantles its corporate strategy office amid accusations that Lee worked with the office to bribe Park via Choi.

Feb 28: South Korean prosecutors indict 17 people including Lee over the scandal.

Aug 25: The Seoul Central District Court sentences Lee to five years in prison for bribery, hiding assets abroad and embezzlement.


Feb 5: Lee is released from jail after an appeals court cut his sentence to two and a half years and suspended the sentence for four years. Lee's attorney says he will appeal to the Supreme Court to try to overturn the conviction.


Aug 29: South Korea's Supreme Court sends Lee's case back to the appellate Seoul High Court for review, saying its interpretation of what constituted bribes was too narrow.


Jan 9: Samsung Group sets up an anti-corruption panel headed by a former supreme court judge to improve compliance and prevent violation of governance rules.

May 6: Lee makes a public apology over controversies in succession plans at Samsung and says he will not hand over management rights to his children.

Sep 1: Prosecutors indict Lee and 10 others, accusing them of accounting fraud and stock price manipulation in connection with a 2015 US$8 billion merger of two Samsung affiliates.


Jan 18: The Seoul High Court sentences Lee to two and a half years and he returns to prison.

Mar 19: Lee receives emergency surgery for a burst appendix and is hospitalised until Apr 15 when he returns to prison.

Mar 26: A South Korean independent panel recommends prosecutors stop probing Lee over an allegation of unlawful use of a sedative.

Apr 22: Trial in which he is accused of accounting fraud and stock price manipulation begins.

Jun 4: Prosecutors seek a 50 million won (US$43,670) fine for Lee over the alleged unlawful use of the sedative.

Jun 29: A court orders Lee to stand trial for the sedative use.

Aug 9: Parole for Lee is approved.

Aug 19: Trial over his sedative use is scheduled to begin.


Source: Reuters/gs


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