In a stunning decision, a South Korean court suspended the prison sentence of Samsung Electronics Co. He later appealed his sentence, which was ruled in his favor by cutting it down to two and a half years. The Seoul Central District Court had sentenced Lee to five years in prison for all five counts charged against him: bribery, embezzlement, illegal transfer of assets overseas, concealment of criminal proceeds and perjury.
This has raised questions on whether the government can act against SKorea's powerful chaebols.
Despite Lee's pleading not guilty, few had expected that he would walk out of prison.
"However, this type of framing is not good for [chaebol] investors, let alone the overall South Korean economy", Jun said. His absence hasn't impacted Samsung's business, which has posted a series of record financial returns over the past year.
The release of Lee, 49, could have a knock-on effect because of his link to a wider presidential scandal that led to the impeachment of ex-leader Park Geun-hye, who is still awaiting her fate concerning over 21 corruption charges.
Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong leaves the Seoul High Court on Monday.
The chief justice of the Supreme Court was newly appointed by President Moon Jae-in, who took office in May past year, but many of high posts in the judicial body were named under the previous government.
But in October, a wave of top Samsung Electronics executives stepped down, moves that may have been meant to put pressure on the system to help the company avoid a leadership vacuum. Lee Kun-hee was twice given suspended sentences for corporate crimes, so served no jail time, and was also handed a presidential pardon.
"They even have a term for it here, called jail management". It said Samsung had not sought any favours from Park Geun-hye. He will be on a four-year probation.
Speaking in front of cameras in Seoul, Lee said his time behind bars had been a "really valuable" period of self-reflection.
More broadly, in Korea, Lee's trial marked somewhat of a litmus test for how the country's family-founded conglomerates would fare under new president Moon Jae-in. "I will take more caution and do better", Lee said, leaving the court after the verdict. Another circus trial has concluded as most believed it would.
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Photos of the protests made the rounds on social media, showing women standing atop utility boxes, hijabs dangling from sticks. Thursday's arrests come after at least six women were reportedly taken into custody in Tehran this week.
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