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Public divided on Samsung heir's release as it inspires both anger and hope

Many South Koreans in the business community welcomed Lee's release

Reuters  |  Seoul 

Samsung Group heir Jay Y Lee's release from jail on bribery charges has some in South Korea hoping for new investments and jobs from the massive conglomerate, despite ongoing concerns over the cosy ties between the government and business leaders. Dubbed the "Republic of Samsung," the company's businesses reach deep into many parts of South Koreans' lives and are intertwined with thousands of small and medium-sized subcontractors and start-ups. After a year in detention, the heir to South Korea's largest business empire walked free on Monday as an ...

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First Published: Tue, February 06 2018. 16:23 IST