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South Korean prosecutors seek 12-year jail term for Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong

Lee Jae-Yong is escorted by prison guards as he arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 07, 2017, 06.12 AM (IST)

South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded a 12-year jail term for Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-Yong over a national corruption scandal.

The scandal led to South Korea’s former president Park Geun-Hye’s ouster.

Lee Jae-yong is accused of bribing Park’s powerful confidante Choi Soon-Sil with millions of dollars to win presidential favours and ease a controversial 2015 merger deal.

Lee, 49, has been in detention since February.

Prosecutors sought a 12-year sentence for Lee, and terms ranging from seven to 10 years for three of his co-accused.

Samsung has insisted the payments to Choi were charitable contributions it was obliged to make under pressure from officials, and not bribes.

The verdicts are expected later this month.

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