Seoul, Jan. 18, 2021 – A Seoul High Court on Monday sentenced the heir to Samsung’s corporate empire, Lee Jae-yong, to two and a half years imprisonment in a reopened corruption trial, local media reported.
The national news agency Yonhap reported also imposed a two and a half-year sentence on the South Korean broadcasters.
The background to the proceedings is a corruption scandal involving former South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
Samsung is said to have paid large sums to companies owned by a controversial confidante of Park.
Lee had already been sentenced to five years in prison for corruption in 2017.
A year later, the sentence was reduced to probation.
The trial was later resumed. (dpa/NAN)