South Korean prosecutors demand 12 year prison term for Samsung heir

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ISTANBUL
Published 07.08.2017 08:40
Updated 07.08.2017 11:51
Samsung VP Lee Jae-Yong (Left) pictured in this undated file photo (Reuters Photo)
Samsung VP Lee Jae-Yong (Left) pictured in this undated file photo (Reuters Photo)

South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded the heir to the Samsung empire be jailed for 12 years over his role in the corruption scandal that brought down the country's last president.

At the final hearing in the trial of Lee Jae-Yong, the vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, prosecutors called him the "ultimate beneficiary" of crimes committed in the scandal, and sought a 12-year sentence.

Lee, 49, has been in detention since February, and on trial for charges including bribery and embezzlement as part of a scandal that led to Park's ouster. Lee has denied wrongdoing.

The lower court ruling is expected by Aug. 27, when Lee's current detention period ends.

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