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Samsung heir's new neighbours: cannibal, Park's ex-chief of staff

He may not have a phone or computer while in prison but that doesn't mean he's given up being the boss

Published Thu, Feb 23, 2017 · 09:50 PM

Seoul

WHILE being questioned for allegedly bribing South Korea's president, Samsung Group's Jay Y Lee is locked up at a prison notorious for housing convicted billionaires, a serial killer and the hangman's noose. That doesn't mean he's given up being the boss.

Mr Lee doesn't have a phone or computer and technically is confined to his cell almost all day, yet he's allowed to meet lawyers in a separate room for as long as he'd like.

He could use the lawyers to communicate with lieutenants at the conglomerate and stay involved in the decision-making, said Kwon Young- june, a professor who researches corporate governance at Seoul's Kyung Hee University.

"It's a backward culture found in a country like South Korea," Prof Kwon said. "Executives can retain their posts even after being jailed b…

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