Samsung Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, who was sentenced to two years and six months in prison for bribing former President Park Geun-hye, was released on parole on the Liberation Day.

Justice Minister Park Beom-gye said that he considered the national economic situation, but there are many critics that it is preferential treatment.

If you look at the statistics for the last three years, only 0.01% of inmates, like Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, who did not fulfill 70% of their sentences, were released on parole.

By Son Hyeong-an, staff reporter.


Nine Justice Ministry parole judges reviewed the eligibility of 1,57 parole candidates today (9th).

[Yoon Kang-yeol / Parole Judge (Seoul High Court Chief Judge): The parole review committee has long-established practical standards.

We will judge according to that standard.]

Among the subjects, interest was focused on Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, who was re-incarnated in January.

Vice Chairman Lee, who was sentenced to two years and six months in prison, had served 60 percent of his sentence as of the end of last month.

The jury judged this vice-chairman to be eligible, and Minister Park Beom-gye gave permission without delay.

[Park Beom-gye/Minister of Justice: Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong was included in the list in consideration of the national economic situation and the global economic environment due to the prolonged Corona 19] As a

result, Vice

Chairman Lee

will be released on parole on the 13th.

However, in order to return to the front line of management, the Ministry of Justice must go through the review of the removal of the employment restrictions, and the trial of illegal management succession and propofol administration must continue.

Vice Chairman Lee was released after 207 days of re-confinement, but criticism that it is against equity and preferential treatment for chaebols is continuing not only in civic groups but also in the political circles.

The Ministry of Justice lowered the minimum sentence for those eligible for parole to below 60%, raising criticism that it was a measure aimed at Vice-President Lee. Looking at the statistics for the last three years, inmates like Lee who did not even fulfill 70% of their sentence were released on parole by 0.01%. because it is only

In addition, there are two ongoing trials, and the fact that the prosecution enforced parole despite opposing parole is also a subject of criticism.

[Park Jung-eun / Secretary General of the Solidarity for Participation: The trial on illegal merger is ongoing and the trial on propofol administration is ongoing, and we are talking about how it can be subject to parole review.]

However, some politicians responded to the business world's demand for release Despite the controversy over preferential treatment, the parole of Vice Chairman Lee became a reality.

The Blue House drew a line that the parole of Vice Chairman Lee was not a matter to be mentioned as it was a process carried out by the Ministry of Justice.

(Video coverage: Yang Doo-won, video editing: Park Jin-hoon)