SEOUL, South Korea: South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-has Soo said that he would speak to President Yoon Suk-yeol to recommend a pardon for Jay Y. Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics.
In January 2021, Lee, heir to the world's second-largest contract chip maker, was convicted of bribery and embezzlement, and he was paroled in August after serving 18 months of a 30-month sentence.
In response to a question, Han said he would recommend that President Yoon Suk-yeol review pardons for key business leaders, including Lee.
If approved by Yoon, the pardon could come when they are traditionally handed out around 15th August during South Korea's Independence Day.
Last week, Yoon declined to comment about pardons when asked by reporters.
Lee is still accused of accounting fraud regarding an $8-billion merger of two Samsung firms in 2015, and faces a separate trial on those charges.