Samsung vice-chairman Jay Y. Lee, otherwise known as Lee Jae-yong. Photo: Reuters

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong was ‘wrongfully’ released from prison, South Korean court rules

  • The Supreme Court ordered the retrial of Lee, who was released last year after serving 353 days in jail in a high-profile corruption case that helped bring down former president Park Geun-hye
  • The decision comes as Samsung battles headwinds caused by global trade disputes and sluggish demand
Topic |   South Korea

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Samsung vice-chairman Jay Y. Lee, otherwise known as Lee Jae-yong. Photo: Reuters
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Samsung’s head office in Seoul. Samsung Group contributes one-quarter of the South Korean economy. Photo: EPA-EFE

Explained: why Samsung heir’s corruption case poses a new test for embattled South Korean firm

  • Samsung Group heir Lee Jae-yong was freed from jail in February after serving one year for his involvement in a corruption case – but he may be sent back behind bars if the Supreme Court rules against him
  • This comes as the company reels from export curbs by Japan and ongoing economic uncertainty worsened by the US-China trade war
Topic |   South Korea

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Samsung’s head office in Seoul. Samsung Group contributes one-quarter of the South Korean economy. Photo: EPA-EFE
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