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70 pct of S. Koreans in favor of Samsung heir's parole: poll

All News 15:52 July 29, 2021

SEOUL, July 29 (Yonhap) -- Seventy percent of South Koreans are in favor of granting parole to Lee Jae-yong, the jailed de facto leader of Samsung Group, a poll showed Thursday.

The vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co. has been serving a 2 1/2-year prison sentence for bribing former President Park Geun-hye and her longtime friend in exchange for government support for a smooth transition of power to him at the conglomerate.

The survey was conducted on 1,003 adults from Monday to Wednesday by Embrain Public, Kstat Research, Korea Research International and Hankook Research amid speculation Lee could receive parole or special amnesty on the occasion of Aug. 15 Liberation Day, when presidents have often used their power to grant amnesties for the sake of national unity.

While 70 percent of respondents said they are in favor of granting parole to Lee, 22 percent said they are opposed to it.

By age, the support rate among those between 18-29 was 65 percent, 58 percent among those in their 30s, 59 percent among those in their 40s, 74 percent among those in their 50s, 87 percent among those in their 60s, and 81 percent among people 70 and older.

Meanwhile, 56 percent of respondents said they are against granting special amnesties to former Presidents Park and Lee Myung-bak, who have both been imprisoned on corruption charges. Those in favor came to 38 percent.

The survey had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level.

This file photo shows Samsung Electronics Co. Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong (C) leaving the Seoul High Court on Nov. 9, 2020, after attending a hearing on his bribery scandal. (Yonhap)

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