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

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