Samsung Heir Leaves Prison After Court Suspends Bribery Sentence

Lee Jae-yong was accused in a massive corruption scandal that forced the removal of South Korea's president in 2017.
Posted at 11:01 AM, Feb 05, 2018

The heir to Korean electronics giant Samsung is out of prison after an appeals court suspended his sentence relating to bribery charges.

Lee Jae-yong was accused of handing over millions of dollars in donations to an associate of then-President Park Geun-hye for political favors. It was part of a massive corruption scandal in South Korea that forced Park's removal from office in 2017.

But on Monday, a South Korean appeals court reduced the charges against Lee, shortening his sentence from five years to two and a half years. Most importantly, the court suspended Lee's sentence, so he gets to leave prison.

Lee says he will still appeal the remaining charges against him, meaning the case is probably headed to South Korea's Supreme Court.