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Samsung scion back in public eye, ready to take helm

Lee Jae-yong joins Moon at Indian event five months after release from jail

Samsung Electronics heir apparent Lee Jae-yong, center, has kept a low profile since being released from prison in February.
Samsung Electronics heir apparent Lee Jae-yong, center, in February 2017. He has kept a low profile since being released from prison early this year.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- The Samsung group's de facto leader stepped into the public eye for the first time in five months on Monday, inaugurating a mobile phone factory in India along with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, convicted of corruption charges last August, was given a suspended sentence in February and released from prison. But he has since kept a low profile.

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