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Pardon for Samsung's Lee is business as usual for South Korea

President Yoon has disappointed those expecting him to uphold equal justice

| South Korea
Lee Jae-yong attends an inaugural dinner for President Yoon Suk-yeol in Seoul on May 10. Lee has been out of prison since last August.   © Reuters

David S. Lee is a principal lecturer in the business school of the University of Hong Kong focused on corporate governance, ethics, leadership and financial technology. 

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol's decision to pardon Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, set to take effect on the National Liberation Day holiday on Monday, shows that even a career prosecutor can fail to deliver equal justice.

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