The South Korean conglomerate’s vice-president had been convicted earlier this year of corruption.
Yonhap reported that the heir and de facto boss at South Korean conglomerate Samsung was penalized Tuesday for illegally using propofol, an effective anesthetic. The Seoul District Court fined Lee Jaeyong 70 million won (52,000 euro) for being the 238th wealthiest person in the globe according to Forbes. The Seoul District Court found him guilty of using propofol multiple times at a Seoul cosmetic surgery clinic.
Propofol is a drug that is commonly used in surgery as an anesthetic. However, it can also be taken as a recreational drug. In 2009, Michael Jackson died from an overdose. Lee Jaeyong’s lawyers claimed that he had received this substance for medical reasons during the trial.
Most “The amount of injection was very high, and the nature crime committed is not easy considering the social responsibilities taken by the accused.”When he delivered his verdict on Tuesday, Judge Jang Youngchae stated these words.
Lee Jaeyong, 53 years old, is vice-president of Samsung Electronics. This company is the largest global manufacturer of memory chips, smartphones, and smartphones. He is actually the one who took over the leadership of the conglomerate after his father Lee Kunhee, who was the architect of its global success, passed away. The patriarch died last year.
Lee Jaeyong was sentenced in January to two and a quarter years in prison for embezzlement, corruption and other offenses relating to the corruption scandal which brought down South Korean President Park Geunhye. In August, however, he was released by the South Korean government, who were concerned about the effects on Samsung, the country’s main economic pillar.
Lee Jae-yong faces legal proceedings in another case. This is the controversial merger between two subsidiaries which Lee Jae-yong favors for his takeover. Samsung is the most important « chaebols »Those family industrial empires that control the business world in South Korea, which is the country’s 12th largest.