Samsung scion Lee fights back tears as prosecutors seek 12 years' jail

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South Korean prosecutors on Monday sought a 12-year jail term for Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y Lee, over charges including allegedly bribing ex-President Park Geun-hye for government support to cement Lee's control of Samsung Group.

During the trial, Lee acknowledged that his company transferred payments of more than $ 37 million to overseas foundations indirectly controlled by Choi, but without seeking political favors in return while being coerced by Choi and Park.

Lee is officially Samsung's vice-president but has in effect run the company since his father, Lee Kun-hee, had a heart attack in 2014.

After the prosecution's request for punishment and closing arguments, the court will decide on a date to hand down its verdict, which will likely come before August 27th.

Police investigators reportedly searched for documents relating to the allegations that Samsung Group paid a house interior firm from accounts created under borrowed names without issuing tax receipts from October 2008 to March 2015.

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In his closing remarks, special prosecutor Park Young Soo said Samsung's alleged bribing of the president was typical of the corrupt and cozy ties between the South Korea's government and big businesses.

"Even though Lee is the ultimate receiver of the gains [from this bribery case], he has been pushing the responsibility to others accused", one of the team of special prosecutors told the court. Both Park and Choi have refused to testify at Lee's trial.

Last week, Lee took the stand for the first time in his defense and denied all the charges. Park accused Samsung officials of lying in their testimonies to protect Lee. But it eventually went through after the national pension fund - a major Samsung shareholder - approved it.

He also claimed to have had no role in wider decision-making at Samsung and "mostly listened to other executives".

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