Prosecutors Ask a 12 Year Sentence for Samsung Executive

Prosecutors Ask a 12 Year Sentence for Samsung Executive

Prosecutors Ask a 12 Year Sentence for Samsung Executive

Special prosecutors are seeking a 12-year sentence for Samsung's heir apparent Lee Jae-yong for his alleged involvement in the South Korean bribery scandal involving the former president.

The prosecutors also asked for 10 years' imprisonment on each of the three former Samsung officials - Choi Gee-sung, former vice chairman and head of Samsung's future strategy office, Chang Choong-ki, former president and deputy head, and Park Sang-jin, former president - and a seven-year prison term for Hwang Sung-soo, former executive vice president.

The merger was extremely crucial to the third-generation Samsung chief to inherit the management control from his ailing father Chairman Lee Kun-hee who has been hospitalized in 2014 for heart attack.

Samsung, whose group revenues are equivalent to nearly a fifth of South Korea's GDP, did not comment on the prosecutors' demand. Powerful South Korean families have a history of avoiding jail time even after major scandals, and Lee's ultimate fate is hard to call.

Mr Lee has been accused of bribing an associate of former South Korean president Park Guen-hye in return for government support for a restructuring of the company.

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The heir to the Samsung business empire fought back tears in court today as he denied bribery allegations that could have him jailed for 12 years. Both Park and Choi have refused to testify at Lee's trial.

Lee's lawyers argued that his so-called overarching intention of cementing ownership control was "a fictional construct" made up by prosecutors, with moves such as the merger of two Samsung affiliates in 2015 aimed merely at ensuring survival and growth of individual companies.

Lee became emotional Monday as he denied ever trying to seek political favors in his final remarks in the four-month-long trial.

He also claimed to have had no role in wider decision-making at Samsung and "mostly listened to other executives".

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