Samsung heir Lee faces corruption retrial

Prosecution lawyers say Lee's alleged bribery part of a plan to take over the chairmanship of Samsung from his father.

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    The billionaire heir to South Korean tech giant Samsung Jay Y Lee is back in court, facing a retrial on corruption charges that landed him in prison in 2017.

    Prosecutors appealed the case after he served just six months of a five-year sentence.

    The case has wide repercussions for South Korea's economy as Samsung represents 20 percent of its exports.

    But it also goes to the heart of long-standing business practices that favour powerful family companies.

    Al Jazeera's Rob McBride reports from Seoul.


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