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New 2.5-year Prison Sentence for Samsung Leader for Corruption

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Seoul, Jan 18 (EFE) .- A Seoul court sentenced Lee Jae-yong, heir to the Samsung empire, to 2 and a half years in prison in the new trial to which he has been subjected for his participation in the corruption scheme of the former president of the country Park Geun-hye.
The Seoul High Court decided to impose this sentence on Lee for bribing the friend of former President Choi Soon-sil, nicknamed “Rasputina”, within a wide network of favors that scandalized the country and triggered the exit from power and imprisonment of Park.
Lee, who was present at the verdict, was guarded from the court to a detention center, to which he will return less than three years after being released when his previous sentence was overturned, according to the local agency Yonhap.
The businessman is also being tried by another Seoul court, on charges of accounting fraud and price manipulation of stock assets allegedly committed during the controversial merger of two group companies in 2015.

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