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CJ head again seeks custody suspension for hospital treatment

All News 11:10 March 08, 2016

SEOUL, March 8 (Yonhap) -- The chairman of food and entertainment conglomerate CJ Group has again requested a suspension of execution of his 30-month jail term, citing the need for medical treatment, court officials said Tuesday.

Lee Jay-hyun is currently in the hospital awaiting the Supreme Court's ruling on embezzlement, breach of trust and tax evasion. His confinement has been suspended on several occasions since August 2013.

Lawyers representing the industry mogul submitted an application for Lee's custodial suspension with the Supreme Court on Monday, court sources said.

By law, courts can temporarily suspend the confinement of inmates if there is an "appropriate reason" or opt to detain them elsewhere, such as in hospitals, or put them under house arrest.

In December, Lee filed an appeal with the Supreme Court for the second time, arguing that he is innocent in regards to the charges on breach of trust.

The 56-year-old tycoon's legal representatives said Lee is not guilty as it is impossible to calculate the damages incurred by the alleged breach of trust.

Lee, who has undergone a kidney transplant, claims that he suffers from multiple illnesses, including Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and kidney disease.

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is an inherited neurological disease characterized by the slow, progressive degeneration of the muscles in the feet, lower legs and hands.


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