South Korea: Prosecutors demand 9 years in prison for Samsung heir in retrial of bribery case

Prosecutors on Wednesday demanded nine years in prison for Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong in a retrial of a bribery case involving former President Park Geun-hye.

Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co., faces charges of bribing the former president’s longtime friend, Choi Soon-sil, in order to get government help in succeeding his father and securing control of Samsung Group.

“Samsung is a group with overwhelming power, to the extent that people say our nation’s businesses are either Samsung or non-Samsung,” the prosecutors’ statement, read at the Seoul High Court, said. “For our society’s wholesome development, Samsung’s position is such that it should demonstrate a firm stance against corruption and set an example.”

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