JY Lee, the successor of Samsung, the maker of electronic equipment, was sentenced to two and a half years in the 2016 corruption case by the court, after which he was sent back to jail on Monday.
The Seoul High Court found Lee guilty of bribing the then President Park Geun-hye and one of his close. The bribe was given to seek government support for the merger of two Samsung subsidiaries. The merger helped him expand his control over the Samsung group.
Lee’s lawyers called him a persecutor of power, and said the 2015 deal was like a normal business deal. Lee’s lawyer expressed regret over the court’s decision, stating, “The essence of the case is that a former president misused power to violate a private company’s liberty and property rights.”
He did not say anything about further appeal. Until the news was written, Samsung had not issued any statement on this decision. Lee is currently the vice president of Samsung, the world’s largest computer chip and smartphone manufacturer.