South Korean prosecutors have announced they're seeking a 12-year prison sentence for Samsung chief Jay Y Lee, a figure at the heart a major national scandal. Graham Mackay reports.
If South Korean prosecutors get there way, Samsung chief Jay Y Lee will be going to prison for a long time. Lee emerged from a Seoul court on Monday (Aug 7), where the prosecution announced it wants to see him locked up for 12 years. He is a central figure in the massive scandal that shook South Korea to its core earlier this year, toppling president Park Geun-hye and landing her in the same detention centre that Lee has been in since February. As well as alleged bribery, Lee is accused of embezzlement and hiding dirty money. He's suspected of paying Park and a close friend of hers for political support that would cement his control of Samsung, but has maintained his innocence throughout. Powerful South Korean families have a history of avoiding jail time even after major scandals, and Lee's ultimate fate is difficult to call. South Korea's lower court is expected to deliver a verdict by August 27th, when Lee's current detention period comes to an end.