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A South Korean appeals court will rule on Monday on Samsung Group scion Jay Y. Lee's conviction and jail term for corruption in a case that led to the ouster of the nation's president last year.
Seoul High Court is due to decide the fate of the 49-year-old Samsung Electronics vice chairman Kevin Byard Titans Jersey , who has been detained for a year on charges arising from a scandal that shone a light on cozy ties between family-run conglomerates and political powers, as well as bringing down President Park Geun-hye.
It is a scandal South Korea would like to put behind it days before it hosts the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
A lower court in August convicted Lee and jailed him for five years for bribing Park for help in strengthening his control of Samsung Electronics, the crown jewel of the country's largest conglomerate and one of the world's biggest technology companies, as well as embezzlement and other charges.
The court said Samsung's financial support for entities backed by a friend of Park's, Choi Soon-sil, constituted bribery Derrick Henry Titans Jersey , including 7.2 billion won ($6.4 million) to sponsor the equestrian career of Choi's daughter.
In return for the contributions, prosecutors say, Samsung sought government support for a controversial 2015 merger of two of its affiliates, which helped Lee tighten his control of the conglomerate. Lee's lawyers had argued that the merger was carried out on merit but the lower court did not accept that.
If the appeals court sentences Lee to a jail term longer than three years, his detention will continue as he awaits a final appeal to the Supreme Court, legal experts said.
The appeals court could decide on a jail term of less than three years Jack Conklin Titans Jersey , or it could award a suspended sentence, which would mean Lee could go free for the first time since he was detained last February.
The court could also overrule the conviction and declare Lee innocent on all charges, but the legal experts see the chances of that happening as slim.
"If nothing else, Samsung money was used to sponsor the equestrian career," said Son Soo-ho, a lawyer.
Whatever the decision Jonnu Smith Titans Jersey , the case is expected to go to the Supreme Court, as prosecutors in December called for a 12-year jail term after Lee appealed.
The third-generation de facto head of the Samsung Group, Lee has effectively directed large-scale operations at Samsung Electronics since his father, Lee Kun-hee, was incapacitated by a heart attack in 2014, such as the $8 billion acquisition of auto electronics maker Harman in early 2017.
Faced with investor worries about a leadership vacuum with Lee in detention Taywan Taylor Titans Jersey , Samsung Electronics appointed a new generation of top managers at its three main businesses, including semiconductors, in October.
Former President Park, who denies wrongdoing, is standing trial accused of bribery, abuse of power and coercion Adoree' Jackson Titans Jersey , having been forced to step down in March after parliament voted to impeach her at the end of 2016.
She has been held in detention since March.
BEIJING, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- China Tuesday announced the success of a mid-course land-based missile interception test.
The test of interception technology was conducted on Monday within China's territory and achieved preset goal, said the Ministry of National Defense.
The test is defensive and does not target any country, said the ministry.
China's largest online travel service said on Wednesday it has reported a child abuse case at its affiliated day-care center in Shanghai and has fired those responsible, after videos of the alleged incident were posted on social media, creating an outcry from parents and netizens.
Ctrip's affiliated day-care center in Shanghai closed after child abuse report
''There was gross negligence by some teachers at the day-care center Corey Davis Titans Jersey , which ctrip entrusted to a third party to manage. The company has reported the case to the police and will stand with the parents in holding those responsible accountable,” ctrip said in a statement on Wednesday.
''The company has asked the day-care center to seriously deal with the case. And the company has terminated the contracts of the teachers involved,” read the statement.
The company held a press conference on Wednesday with one of the teachers involved kneeling down, begging for pardon in front of angry parents. The parents, however, shouted at her and forced wasabi into her month until police arrived Harold Landry Titans Jersey , according to videos uploaded online.
The videos of teachers abusing children in the day-care center were uploaded Wednesday. One of the videos shows a woman knocking a girl on a chair, undressing her and smashing her bag on the floor. Another video shows a teacher forcing a child to eat what some parents claimed to be wasabi.
Shi Qi, vice-president and secretary of the Party committee of ctrip, said that the abused children were aged from 18 months to 24 months, news site thepaper reported on Wednesday.
"Four people in the day-care center were found to have abused the children. These were a cleaning worker, nursery governess Rashaan Evans Titans Jersey , a teacher and the head of the day-care center … Enraged parents confronted us … the emergency group which includes the CEO of the company, Sun Jie, and parent representatives went through all the videos for the last three months,” Shi said.
The company said that ctrip has started procedures to choose another management group to manage the daycare center following the incident.
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