The Latest: Lawyer for Samsung heir vows appeal

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The Latest: Lawyer for Samsung heir vows appeal
The Latest: Lawyer for Samsung heir vows appeal

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – The Latest on the bribery case involving the heir to the Samsung empire (all times local):

4:50 p.m.

A lawyer for Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong says the billionaire’s legal team will appeal a five-year prison sentence for bribery and other crimes.

“As a lawyer I cannot possibly agree with the juridical decisions and acknowledged facts involved in the verdict,” Samsung attorney Song Woo-cheo said outside the court. “We will appeal against the decision and I am sure that in the appellate trial all the charges will be dismissed.”

A maximum of two appeals are possible in the case.

Lee’s attempts to bribe South Korea’s president contributed to her ouster and arrest earlier this year.

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4:10 p.m.

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong showed no particular reaction after his sentence of five years prison for bribery and other crimes was announced Friday.

Lee, whose attempts to bribe South Korea’s president contributed to her ouster, took a small sip of water as he stood up to leave the courtroom.

Local TV broadcasters showed an unnamed Samsung lawyer speaking to reporters after the ruling who said Samsung will “appeal immediately.” There was no immediate official statement from Samsung.

“All parts of the ruling are unacceptable,” said the lawyer who was not identified on the TV footage. “In the appeal ruling, we are certain to have all charges proven not guilty.”

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3:30 p.m.

A South Korean court has sentenced the billionaire Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong to five years in prison after finding him guilty of offering bribes to the country’s former president and other crimes.

It said Lee was also guilty of embezzlement, hiding assets overseas, concealing profit from criminal acts and perjury.

The court said Lee hoped bribes for Park Geun-hye at the time she was president and her close friend Choi Soon-sil would secure government support for a merger that strengthened Lee’s control over the Samsung empire and its flagship Samsung Electronics at a crucial time.

Park and Choi also have trials underway.

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3:20 p.m.

A South Korean court has found billionaire Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong guilty of bribery, embezzlement, hiding assets overseas, concealing profit from criminal acts and perjury.

The court is reading out verdicts for several accused before announcing sentences.

Revelations of Lee’s attempt to bribe South Korea’s president to further his business ambitions fed public anger that led to the ouster of Park Geun-hye as the country’s leader.

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1:30 p.m.

A court will rule Friday in a bribery case against the billionaire heir to the Samsung empire that fed public anger leading to the ouster of Park Geun-hye as South Korea’s president.

Prosecutors have sought a 12-year prison term for the 49-year-old Lee Jae-yong

Lee, princeling of South Korea’s richest family and its biggest company, is accused of offering $38 million in bribes to four entities controlled by a friend of Park in exchange for government help with a merger that strengthened Lee’s control over Samsung at a crucial time.

Park, who was embroiled in a tumultuous series of scandals, was removed from office in March and is being tried separately. Her friend Choi Soon-sil also is on trial.

Lee has denied the allegations against him.

Samsung Electronics Co. Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, left, prepares to get on a vehicle as he leaves after his verdict trial at the Seoul Central District Court Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. The court sentenced the billionaire Samsung heir to five years in prison for bribery and other crimes that fed public anger leading to the ouster of Park Geun-hye as South Korea’s president. (Chung Sung-Jun/Pool Photo via AP)
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