Samsung conglomerate chief Jay Y. Lee Pleads guilty in court on Tuesday to a charge of Unlawful use of a controlled substance, as legal woes continue to hunt the executive even after his release on parole in August Following a bribery conviction.
Lee’s release had raised market watchers expectations of a flurry of major decisions at crown Jewel Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and it’s affiliates including the location of a $17 Billion chip factory being planned in the United States.
But Lee’s legal troubles continued on Tuesday at the scoul central district court where in a short first hearing on the matter, Lee said he received propofol- a sedative used in anaesthesia – 41 times from 2015 through 2020.
Persecutors said that the use was under the guise of skin treatment or unrelated to a legitimate treatment.
” This matter originated as far treatment, but I am deeply regretful” Lee said. ” I will make sure that this does not happen again” Lee told the small court of about 15 people.
He said he had not used the drug since his August release.
Lee originally sought treatment due to psychological Pressure since his father’s 2014 hospitalization, which intensified with the subsequent graft scandal and trial that led to his January Conviction, his lawyer said.
Prosecutors are seeking a fine of 70 million ($58,327) and an additional fee of 17 million won.
The ruling will be on October 26.
Under South Korean law, the recipient of a controlled substances deemed to have been administered illegally is liable for prosecution as well as those who administered the drugs.
Staff at the clinic where Lee received the sedative are being tried separately, but have denied the allegations.