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Q&A: Samsung chief is jailed. Here's what you need to know.

Q&A: Samsung chief is jailed. Here's what you need to know.

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Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong, the de facto leader of South Korea's most successful business group, was sentenced Friday to five years prison for offering bribes and other crimes. Lee, 49, was groomed to lead the conglomerate that was founded by his grandfather and became such a dominating force in South Korea that it's mockingly called "Republic of Samsung" by the public. He took a higher profile role at the world's largest maker of smartphones, television sets and microchips that power consumer electronics after his father suffered a heart attack in 2014 and was poised to cement control. Instead, at the end of last year Lee was implicated in a massive political scandal that culminated in President Park Geun-hye's ouster. The court said he was guilty of offering bribes to the former president...
Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong jailed for corruption

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong jailed for corruption

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceA court in South Korea has sentenced Samsung's billionaire heir-apparent Lee Jae-yong to five years in prison for corruption.Lee was convicted of bribery in a scandal that also saw the impeachment of South Korea's former president.The case has gripped the public amid growing anger against South Korea's biggest companies, known as chaebols.Lee, who denied all charges, had faced a jail sentence of up to 12 years.Also known as Jay Y Lee, the de facto head of the world's largest smartphone maker had been detained since February on a string of corruption charges. These included bribery, embezzlement and hiding assets overseas. What did he do?The 49-year-old is accused of giving donations worth 41bn won ($ 36m; £29m) to non-profit foundations operated