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South Korea’s prime minister Han Duck-soo announced he would recommend a pardon for Samsung vice chairman and heir Lee Jae-yong during a parliamentary session on Wednesday. The comments were made as Lee is on parole. He was released from jail in August of last year after serving time for bribery and embezzlement charges …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Second time lucky

    There was lobbying to give him a pardon last year too. According to

    https://www.tomshardware.com/uk/news/samsung-heir-granted-parole-after-us-pressure

    from this time last year, the lobbying included the American Chamber of Commerce.

  2. A Non e-mouse Silver badge

    If your business is dependent on just one person, your business is screwed. Yeah, it's gonna hurt to disentangle yourself from them but in the long term it's going to be *so* much better for the business.

    1. Howard Sway Silver badge

      Especially if that person inherited the role from his father. Seems to have more in common with how things operate in the other half of Korea.

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Considering they have one of the highest inheritance taxes in the world, it does make one won der how these huge chaebols manage to stay in the family. With inheritance taxes of up to 50%, they must use some clever tactics to slowly pass on the wealth to the next generation before popping their clogs.

        ISTR at least one chaebol stumping up c$10b in inheritance tax in the news a while back.

        Ah, here it is. It was Samsung, just last year.

  3. ComputerSays_noAbsolutelyNo Silver badge
    Trollface

    Money talks,

    and money walks.

  4. Fred Daggy Bronze badge

    As a matter of principle, no one should be above the law. This is a bad precedent.

    I'd say the laws that Lee Jae-yong are alleged to have broken are now useless. Of course, not everyone will be rich enough to buy their way out of trouble like Lee.

    1. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge
      Coat

      ...prime minister Han Duck-soo announced he would recommend a pardon...

      Seems like the new PM is ducking his responsibilities.

      No need to throw me out. I can throw myself out, thankyou.

  5. Lis

    To avoid this

    sort of thing happening again, they should stop using the common as muck word “bribe” and use the word “donated” or “donation” like they do in the U.S.

  6. VoiceOfTruth

    One law for us, another law for them

    Echoes of Conrad Black. If you are friends with people at the top you can get a pardon.

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: One law for us, another law for them

      Like an outgoing US president? And no, I'm not just, or specifically, referring to His Trumpiness.

  7. GrahamRJ

    How Han survived after Greedo shot first

    Han Duck-Solo?

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