Next Month Samsung's Lee Jae-yong to Be Sentenced

Jae Lee, July 13, 2017, 9:16 a.m.

The Seoul Central District Court will wrap up the trial of de facto Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong in August.

Presiding Judge Kim Jin-dong said Wednesday that he will summon ex-President Park Geun-hye as a witness next Wednesday and her longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil the following Wednesday. The court will then hear the final arguments of defense and prosecution on July 28 and 31 to close the trial on Aug. 2, Kim said.

Lee's attorneys asked for the sentencing hearing to be delayed by at least a few days.

It is customary for defendants accused of offering bribes to be sentenced together with those they are accused of bribing. But Park was only indicted in April because it took her so long to vacate Cheong Wa Dae, while Lee was already indicted in February, so the two are being tried separately.

Lee's trial is nearing its end, while Park's is set to run on much longer because of the huge number of charges and witnesses.

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