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Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong leaves prison on parole

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Samsung Electronics' Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong leaves the Seoul Detention Center on parole in Uiwang, South Korea on Aug. 13.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics' Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong was paroled on Friday after serving more than half of a 30-month prison term for corruption, raising fresh questions about the principle of equality under the law in South Korea where convicted business titans often receive leniency.

The 53-year-old executive, who despite his title is the company's key figure, walked out of the Seoul Detention Center in Uiwang, a city just south of Seoul, in the morning.

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