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Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong sentenced to five years in prison

25 August 2017

Samsung Electronics vice chairman Jay Y. Lee arrived at Seoul Central District Court on Friday for his verdict on corruption charges. Prosecutors had demanded a 12-year sentence for Lee Jae-Yong.

The Yonhap news agency reported around 800 riot police were deployed around the Seoul Central District Court to prevent possible clashes between rival sets of demonstrators. The ruling is seen as a strong indicator and some of the charges against the ousted head of state are linked to the accusations Lee faced.