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Samsung Vice Chairman faces 9 years jail sentence in bribery case

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Lee Jae-young,  vice chairman of Samsung Electronics (file photo)

Seoul: Vice chairman of global tech giant Samsung Electronics, Lee Jae-young, is facing a nine-year prison term in the bribery case. The case also involves former President Park Geun-hye, the media reported.

During a final hearing on Wednesday, prosecutors demanded a nine-year prison term for Lee, reports the Korea Herald.

The court's final ruling on the punishment is set to be issued on January 18 next year.

"Samsung is a group with such overwhelming power that it is said that Korean companies are divided into Samsung and non-Samsung," prosecutors were quoted as saying during the final hearing.

"For the sound development of our society, Samsung's position is to show a firm attitude in corruption and set an example."

Prosecutors also demand seven-year jail terms for two other former Samsung executives, Jang Choong-ki and Park Sang-jin.

In his final statement, Lee said, "I stood here with a regretful heart".

"I want to make a new Samsung that is appropriate to the dignity of the country and be a good son to my respectable father," he added.

His father Lee Kun-hee, Samsung Electronics chairman and chief of South Korea's top conglomerate Samsung Group, died on October 25 at age 78, more than six years after being hospitalised for a heart attack.

The de facto leader of the country's top conglomerate was initially sentenced to five years in jail in 2017 for bribing a longtime friend of former President Park as he sought the government's help in succeeding his father and securing control of Samsung Group.

He was freed a year later after the appeals court reduced the term to two and a half years, suspended for four years, dismissing most of the bribery charges against him.

(IANS with minor edits including heading)

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