August 13, 2021 13:38
Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong was released under a special amnesty on Friday, some 200 days after he was jailed for bribing ex-President Park Geun-hye.
The Justice Ministry earlier said his special parole to mark Liberation Day this Sunday was approved in consideration of Korea's "economic situation."
Looking thin, Lee bowed and apologized to the public as he left a jail in Uiwang, Gyeonging Province, where supporters and protesters gathered to watch.
"I apologize for causing great concern," Lee told them. He pledged to do his best, adding that he is "well aware of all the concerns, criticisms and expectations."
Under the conditions of his parole, Lee will have to report to police if he moves house and get approval from the ministry to travel overseas until his two-and-a-half-year sentence ends next year. He faces two further trials that could yet send him back to prison.
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