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Mastermind or naive? Samsung heir's fate hinges on the question

He didn't know enough about Samsung or Korean politics to commit crimes he is accused of: Lawyers

Jeyup S Kwaak & Paul Mozur | NYT 

The criminal trial of Lee Jae-yong, who controls Samsung, one of the world’s largest corporate empires, has riveted South Korea since it began last spring. Prosecutors have cast him as a mastermind bent on breaking the law to protect his family’s wealth and power. He says he is a detached leader with little knowledge of the inner workings of his own companies. Now, his fate hinges on which narrative a judge believes. Lee, Samsung’s de facto leader and the third generation of his family to run the sprawling conglomerate, on Friday faces a verdict in a ...

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First Published: Fri, August 25 2017. 01:54 IST