Samsung Board Chairman Sent to Prison

The Seoul Central District Court sentenced Lee Sang-hoon, the current chairman of the council

directors of Samsung Electronics. He was sentenced to 18 months behind bars.

For what?

Litigation began back in 2013, whenThe head of the Justice Party, Shim Sang-jeong, published a document with a detailed description of the company's personnel policy - more precisely, the tactics of top managers to counteract the work of trade unions.

At that time (and even now) Lee Sang Hoon held the postSamsung CFO. And he was accused of sabotaging the work of trade unions over several years, including using “dirty” methods.

As it turned out, the company was collecting personal dataleaders of trade union movements in order to have leverage and exert pressure on them. This includes information about their marital status, personal finances and mental state.

Lee Sang-Hun did not admit his guilt and stated that he did not know about the “foul play” of his charges.


As a result, the Samsung executive was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Surely, lawyers will file an appeal, so it’s too early to talk about the end to this case.

However, if Lee Sang-hoon sits down, Samsung will lose valuable personnel, since he has served as chairman of the board of directors since 2017.

By the way, a total of 32 employees are involved in this case. 26 were found guilty.

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