WORLD Samsung boss gets presidential pardon: S Korea justice ministry

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Samsung boss gets presidential pardon: S Korea justice ministry

AFP

10:29, August 12, 2022

Lee Jae-yong, Samsung Electronics vice chairman and de facto leader of Samsung Group, attends an inaugural dinner of South Korea's President Yoon Suk-yeol at a hotel in Seoul on May 10, 2022. (Photo: AFP)

The heir and de facto leader of Samsung group received a presidential pardon Friday, the latest example of South Korea's long tradition of freeing business leaders convicted of corruption on economic grounds.

Billionaire Lee Jae-yong, who was convicted of bribery and embezzlement in January last year, will be "reinstated" to give him a chance to "contribute to overcoming the economic crisis of South Korea", Justice Minister Han Dong-hoon said.

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