Lee Jae-yong, an heir to Samsung, has received a presidential pardon. The pardon takes effect on Monday, August 15, which marks the celebration of South Korea’s National Liberation Day. The electronics conglomerate can then be officially taken over by Lee.

For those who are unaware, the de facto Samsung CEO is currently serving a 2.5-year prison term stemming from a 2017 bribery case involving the former president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye. Before leaving prison on parole in August of last year, he was incarcerated for 18 months. Lee was subject to parole restrictions that prohibited him from leaving the nation at will, not even for business engagements. For the same, he needed to get permission.

Lee was likewise unable to accept a formal position with the organization. Only other Samsung officials were permitted to provide him with reports. Decisions made by the company were impacted by this. More so while he was incarcerated, where business leaders reportedly could only visit with him for ten minutes.

Advertisement Since early last year, when the computer industry was dealing with an unprecedented shortage of semiconductors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been calls for the president to pardon Lee. Samsung, one of the biggest semiconductor manufacturers in the world, had a crucial role to play in resolving the global shortage. Unfortunately, the Korean behemoth was unable to advance at the ideal rate because Lee was not present in the office.

Major South Korean business lobby organizations, religious organizations, private citizens, and a few American corporations all requested Lee’s presidential pardon because his parole restricted his ability to work. Yoon Suk-yeol, the recently elected president of South Korea, released the Samsung heir months after those calls. After receiving the pardon from the president earlier today, Lee expressed regret to South Koreans. He promised to re-establish himself, Bloomberg reports . I’ll work harder to contribute to society and help everyone advance together, he added.

AMID A GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS, LEE IS RETURNING TO LEAD SAMSUNG One of the biggest economic contributors to South Korea is Samsung. However, recent events like the conflict in Russia and Ukraine, logistical difficulties brought on by pandemic lockdowns in China, escalating political tensions between the US and China, and a global slowdown in consumer spending on electronics have all had an impact on the company’s performance. And the economy of the nation is also indirectly impacted by its problems. It will take time to determine whether Lee’s return to Samsung’s headquarters will support the business’ expansion and maintain economic stability in Korea.

Advertisement Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, whose suspended prison term was just completed, will be reinstated, the Korean government announced in an official statement. This is part of an effort to combat the economic crisis by reviving the economy.


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